3 of 5 neurosurgeons to depart from Denver Health Medical Center

Three of Denver Health Medical Center's five neurosurgeons have resigned and will be gone by the end of March, CEO Arthur Gonzalez, DrPH, confirmed Wednesday, according to the Denver Post.

"We have five neurosurgeons," said Mr. Gonzalez, according to the report. "We had one who resigned two weeks ago. We had two who resigned [Tuesday]." He added the neurosurgeons' departure will not impact patient care, and in the meantime, the hospital is "reaching out to other organizations" with neurosurgeons "while we look for more long-term solutions."

A hospital spokeswoman said the remaining two neurosurgeons "have not notified the hospital of any intention to leave."

Mr. Gonzalez said the three departing neurosurgeons gave advanced notice of their resignation, and the two who quit on Tuesday plan to stay at the hospital until April 1. Although he could not comment on the physicians' reasons for resigning, Mr. Gonzalez said they involved concerns "as a result of some of the changes that have to be done" in a new healthcare environment. "Healthcare's going through a tough time," he said, according to the report.

In January, the Denver Post reported that Denver Health had lost other top physicians, including its CMO and chief of surgery.

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