Dear Community Members:
I am communicating with you in response to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times regarding allegations against an obstetrician, Patrick Sutton, M.D. I first want you to know that he no longer practices at Huntington Hospital.
Please know that I am deeply troubled by the allegations described in these reports. I am an administrator, but I am a clinician first. My highest duty is to ensure the safety and dignity of our patients. Every day, we work to earn the trust of the people we serve. Our directive in all situations is to put the patient in the center of the room when making a decision.
In this spirit, our Board of Directors has formed a special Committee to review policies and procedures designed to ensure the safety and dignity of our patients. In addition to me, the Committee will include members of the Board and representatives of Huntington Hospital Medical Staff leadership. The Committee will review the education, processes and procedures related to physician credentialing and more – and will solicit engagement from stakeholders during its work.
We recognize the deep trust that our patients place in us every day to safeguard their wellness. Huntington Hospital is committed to developing and implementing best practices across our organization to ensure we have the right policies in place to support our patients, employees and physicians.
Huntington Hospital remains focused on patient safety and high-quality healthcare, demonstrated by our recent “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group, placing us as one of the top hospitals in the region – and the country – in preventing medical harm and errors. Although we know there is still work left to do, we are proud of the excellent, safe care we provide – and are committed to meriting your trust for years to come.
Should you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Public Relations at (626) 397-3241. Thank you for your ongoing support of and concern for Huntington Hospital.
Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA
President & CEO