Renew Dr. Cathrine Poterack’s Mad River Community Hospital Contract, Says Letter to the Editor
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Our beloved Humboldt Community,
I feel we (parents of Humboldt children) could use your help with digging deeper!
Our options for medical professionals in Humboldt County are slim pickings! Especially doctors we feel comfortable sending our children to! Hundreds of parents, with a couple hundred children, are up in rials over (Mad River Community Hospital Administration) Doug Shaw’s decision to decline the renewal of Dr. Cathrine Poterack’s contract. With hundreds of patients uninformed of this decision, and Dr. Poterack only given one day of notice, none of us had time to prepare. This was Wednesday, August 15th. The last few days of the week another doctor filled in Dr.Poterack’s position. On Monday August 20th, the new doctor (Dr.Bar) started taking appointments. She is already starting off on the wrong foot, and being very unprofessional! Answering phone calls for lunch dates while in an appointment with one new patient…breasts hanging out of her blouse buttons in front of another, one mother said she was “pushy and rude” while another mom said the new doctor was “forceful and argumentative.” We don’t want to stand for this! This is exactly what is wrong with our healthcare system! Replacing caring, passionate doctors with ones who care so little about your concerns that they are willing to answer a personal phone call during your appointment time. This is infuriating, So we have petitioned the last 5 days in hopes of making an impact, we will also be sending to administration at MRCH. Please help in any way you can, ask questions and shed more light on this topic. Dr. Poterack is so well loved and respected in the Pediatric community, to get rid of a phenomenal doctor like her is tyranny!
PETITION FOR DR.POTERACK
As parents with children that are patients of Dr Catherine Poterack we would like to inform you of the egregious mistake you are making by not renewing her contract. She is an asset to your establishment and from a business perspective you will likely lose many patients. None of her patients were informed of this decision by Mad River Hospital Administration, and instead found out through a Facebook post. This was an unprofessional decision. We should have received a letter of notification so that we could voice our dismay and persuade administration to reconsider renewing her contract.
Dr Poterack has a rapport with her patients and their parents. We (parents) trust Dr Poterack and have total confidence that she is providing our children with the highest quality care. She is a true professional that has a respectful and courteous bedside manner, as well as 30+ years of experience as a pediatrician. It is virtually impossible to find doctors like Catherine Poterack that listen to their patients, instead of belittling them as if they do not know their own bodies. She is very passionate about what she does which is evident in her interactions with our children, as well as with us (parents). We have no doubt that she genuinely cares about our children which gives us immense peace of mind that our kids are in excellent hands. Many of us are worried who our children will see now and will follow Dr Poterack to her new place of employment.
We highly recommend and urge you to reconsider this erroneous decision. This petition signifies that this will not be lucrative for your institution.
Link to petition below:
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! This woman means so much to our community & we are all still shocked and trying to do anything we can do to support her. Inside sources say that Dr.Poterack is heart broken over D.Shaw’s decision and just trying to pick up the pieces and figure out her next move! ALL of her patients are in limbo waiting to follow her wherever she goes. These patients include some with disabilities, and some in dire medical needs. Let’s help her, and by doing so will help the children and families of Humboldt! After all, she has done wonders for our community, now is our time to give back!