Lewis Gale Clinic expresses concern about departing doctors- -but that's about all.
We've got the latest- -including the list of the 18 physicians who're leaving.
And in our own report from Washington on the Brzonkala case... we'll hear from the mother of one of those Tech ball players accused of rape and from the man who wrote the violence against women act.
In sports, injuries plague the Radford Highlanders men's basketball team, Dodge unveils a new car for the 2001 NASCAR season and
Mike STevens is in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the annual NASCAR Media Tour. He'll have the latest on the upcoming Busch season.
Wind advisories remain in effect through the evening hours in southwest Virginia. Peak gusts today ranged from 40 to 70mph.
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((LEWIS-GALE CLINIC SHARES OUR PATIENTS CONCERNS ABOUT THE RECENT RESIGNATIONS.))
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He says they're just as concerned as their patients ... but that's almost all the clinic's executive director WILL say about the departing doctors.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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18 doctors have resigned from the clinic so far . We'll tell you who they are and where they work in a minute.
And we'll also show you a special number set up for clinic patients.
First, the clinic's executive director talks publicly for the first time about those doctors.
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Scott Goldberg was there and reports:
Patients waiting to hear what this means for them will have to keep waiting.
Keith, everyone involved in this Lewis-Gale situation is afraid of someone else suing - and that's why the information is so hard to come by.
Even patients calling Lewis-Gale couldn't get specific information about their doctors until tonight.
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Here's the number to call if you want to know what the deal is with YOUR doctor:
7-2-5-45-hundred. That's 7-2-5-45-hundred.
Until tonight patients calling for help ran into secretaries reading them a script, much like the one the clinic's director read to reporters today.
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((JON NESS/LEWIS GALE CLINIC EXEC. DIRECTOR: WE CANNOT COMMENT ON THE REASONS FOR THESE RESIGNATIONS AS THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT LEGAL IMPLICATIONS.))
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Under pressure from patients and doctors to explain why hundreds of patients might lose their doctors, the Lewis-Gal
e Clinic would only say that it's concerned --- and that as long as Lewis-Gale, its doctors and its parent company are
in deep legal discussions - that's all anyone can say.
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((NESS: IT IS NOT THE INTENTION TO SAY THIS IS NOT AN ISSUE - THE PURPOSE OF THIS MEETING TODAY IS TO SAY THIS IS AN ISSUE, AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT.))
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Legally, doctors say they can't talk about it either --- with their patients or with each other.
18 doctors are leaving, privately telling News-7 that the Lewis-Gale parent company PhyCor won't let them practice me
dicine the way they want --- and steals too much profit.
It's a complaint echoed in Internet chat rooms, where investors say the company is mismanaged --- that nationwide, "W
e don't know how many docs are leaving" PhyCor-operated facilities --- and that hurts stock value.
But at Lewis-Gale, the executive director insists the problem isn't with PhyCor, but with the health-care industry nationwide.
((REIMBURSEMENTS WENT, COST OF PROVIDING CARE WENT UP . INSURANCE COMPANIES STARTED DICTATING WHERE PATIENTS COULD GO AND WHAT THEY COULD RECEIVE.))
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The Lewis-Gale clinic remains in what it calls "sensitive" talks with PhyCor AND Columbia - the company that owns adjoining Lewis-Gale MEDICAL CENTER.
The clinic wouldn't say why Columbia has entered the talks.
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((Scott Goldberg: It doesn't have something to do with doctors going from the clinic to the hospital? NESS: THAT'S POSSIBLE))
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There's speculation Columbia is involved because it's talking about ways to buy out the doctor's contracts.
That would release them from a year-and-a-half noncompete clause that says they can't practice medicine in this regio
n --- and would let them move to the hospital.
But there are satellite clinics far away from Salem.
And if doctors can't get out of their non-compete clauses to work there ... as one doctor told us: "We just might have to pack up and move."
And we should note, Keith, there are 117 doctors at Lewis-Gale who HAVE not resigned --- who apparently don't have th
e same beef with PhyCor.
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Here is the complete list of "Departing Doctors" from Lewis Gale Clinic.
From the main clinic, Phillip Bushkar, Robert Ripley, Mark Schmidt and Robert Williams.
Kevin Kelleher has resigned from Back Creek.
In Fincastle, Clarke Andrews and Kenneth (Lucky) Luckay are leaving.
Garry (KOOK-en) Kuiken has resigned from Floyd, as has Victor Bell at Fort Lewis.
The Lee-Hi clinic has the most departures: Clement Binnings, Keith Edmunds, Gary O'Hagan, John Sadler and Ella Youngblood.
And at West Salem, Serge (deh-PRAY ghee-OME) Depret-Guillaume, Edwin Polverino, John Priddy and J. David Scott are leaving.
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Word of the resignations comes at the busiest time of year for doctors.
It leaves thousands of patients wondering what will happen to them.
Tonya Flory has that side of the story.
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Flu season is the hardest time for new patients to get a doctors appointment.
Doctor Gary O'Hagan at Lee-Hi family clinic is Roger Carroll's doctor.
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((ROGER CARROLL/PATIENT: I HOPE I DON'T HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR , I WAS VERY CONCERNED THAT MY PERSONAL DOCTOR, DOCTOR O'HAGAN WAS GOING TO LEAVE.))
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and Willard Harrison has been seeing Doctor Clement Binnings at Lee-Hi for three years.
Harrison says Doctor Binnings has promised to be there for him if he needs him, but Harrison understands the situation.
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((WILLARD HARRISON/PATIENT: I GUESS THEY GOT THEIR REASONS, I DON'T KNOW, I MEAN, BUT IT EFFECTS THE PATIENTS, YEAH, IT AFFECT THE PATIENTS I GUESS.))
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A Salem family practice physician who is leaving the clinic told News 7 --
"Everything that we are doing is keeping in mind the well-being of our patients. We are committed to our patients. We do not intend to abandon them."
But some patients are preparing for the worst and starting to look else where, like Carilion clinics, already.
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((HUGH THORNHILL/VP CARILION: WE ARE GETTING CALLS IN OUR PRACTICES FROM PATIENTS WHO ARE STARTING TO HEAR ABOUT THIS AND ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR PHYSICIANS AND WHERE THEIR RECORDS ARE AND WHO IS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. WE DO OUR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE NEW PATIENTS AS THEY COME IN, AGAIN WE'RE HOPEFUL THEY'LL BE ABLE TO STAY WHERE THEY ARE.))
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Lewis-Gale Medical Center is also aware of the potentially dramatic shift in patient population.
But right now all they are saying is patient access to quality care and keeping physicians in the area is very important.
At this point, neither hospital has any intention of making deals with the resigning doctors to come work for them.
Tonya Flory, News 7.
Wood and nails were no match for mother nature, this afternoon.
Wind buckled the walls on this office building under construction in Roanoke County.
The owner of McVitty Executive Center says even his employees were having a hard time standing.
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((LOU JAMISON/OWNER: I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE SITUATION IS AT THIS POINT, I MEAN THE GUSTS JUST TOOK THE BUILDING DOWN, I MEAN IT JUST COULDN'T STAND IT, IT BUCKLED THE WALLS, THEY WERE BRACED, AND EVEN WITH BRACES IT TORE THEM OUT OF THE FLOOR AND TOOK THE WHOLE SECOND FLOOR OFF AND OF COURSE THE TRESSES CAME WITH IT DOWN..))
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No one was injured.
Strong winds presented firefighters in Montgomery County with a challenge today, as they battled to control a brush fire.
The fire started sometime before noon near the railroad tracks off of McCoy Road.
Firefighters say it MAY have been sparked by a passing train.
Forestry officials estimate that ten to twelve acres burned.
They managed to protect several homes near the fire.
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A trucker is indicted in a fatal accident on the Interstate. That story is still ahead on News 7 at 6.
And Christy Brzonkala gets her day in court ... the U.S. Supreme Court. But not everyone was glad to see her.
The truth may only ever be known by three.
Two former Virginia Tech football players and the woman who says they raped her.
But today, nine justices of the U-S Supreme Court argued Christy Brzonkala's allegations as the test case for the nation's latest civil rights legislation.
Ellen Qualls was in Washington.
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The latest poster girl for women's rights was in the court.
But Christy Brzonkala's also a demon to those who feel men are wrongly accused.
Including, this day, the accused's mother.
((MARILYN MORRISON: THIS CASE SHOULD NOT HAVE GONE THIS FAR... PREDATORY FEMALES WHO AIM AND TARGET OUR MALES.))
Christy Brzonkala didn't report the alleged attack for weeks after it happened in 1994... so a Virginia grand jury never had any physical evidence... and never indicted either Tony Morrison or his teammate James Crawford.
But Morrison admitted to a fondness for taking advantage of women who'd had too much to drink.
((SEN. JOE BIDEN/D-DELAWARE: A YOUNG WOMAN BEING RAPED ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS. WHAT EFFECT...PARTICIPATING IN COMMERCE.))
The Senator who wrote the 1994 Violence Against Women Act was in court today, and outside arguing the rather uninteresting Constitutional grounds for Brzonkala being able to sue in federal court.
Morrison's attorney argues the law would allow Congress to have power over all kinds of areas that should remain state powers.
Brzonkala sat through the arguments, but chose NOT to speak with reporters outside.
She let her words at a news conference last week do the talking.
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((CHRISTY BRZONKALA: MY WHOLE TAKE ON THE WHOLE THING...I'M HERE NOW.))
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A fatal accident last spring led to a grand jury indictment today. A trucker is charged with two counts of manslaughter, for taking his eyes off the road.
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A Montgomery County grand jury charged the truck's driver, 31-year-old Richard Wayne West with the involuntary manslaughter of a New York couple.
West's tractor trailer went through a median, killing the elderly couple last May.
The grand jury also indicted Bruce Edward Sapone on nearly two-dozen charges of molesting three children in his care.
He was charged today with molesting the kids over the last four months.[Stocks]
Rising bond yields drew investors away from stocks today. That led to a down session on Wall Street.
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The Dow lost 61 points.
Nasdaq tumbled 128.
First it was Roanoke, now the push to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King has moved to the city of Bedford.
The Bedford chapter of the N-double-A-C-P wants the city to rename Independence Boulevard to Martin Luther King Boulevard.
The 1-point-8 mile stretch of road was first opened in 1993.
N-double-A-C-P members will make their presentation at tonight's council meeting.
We'll have more for you on News7 at 11.
Floyd County racked up more than two-million dollars in federal funding today for water and sewer projects.
The money is being used to bring new water and sewer service to the site of Floyd County's future industrial park.
It will also extend the service to Jacksonville Center, an arts and crafts complex.
For more than 30- years, Randy Smith has devoted his career to his hometown.
But the 54- year old city manager says it's time to enjoy life on a different level, while he still can.
Smith is retiring September 1st .. after 13- year as Salem city manager-- taking with him many accomplishments.
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Assistant city manager Forest Jones will be promoted.
Coming up in sports, Mike Stevens checks in from the annual NASCAR media tour
and Radford University is at the Dedmond Center tonight for a home game. Injuries may be the biggest obstacle for the Highlanders tonight.
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The Nascar 2000 media tour tipped off this afternoon in Charlotte.
Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller begin our week long coverage from the Queen City.
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Mike Stevens will catch up with Dale Jarrett. And you can hear from him tomorrow night at six right here on your Hometown Station.
The New NASCAR season has yet to begin, but the 2001 season is already on least one car manufacturer agenda.
Daimler Chrysler unveiled its new Intrepid in Detroit today.
Built in North Carolina under the direction of Ray Evernham, the car will be tested for the next year before it makes its debut at the 2001 Daytona 500.
Evernham has not named a driver. Several other teams are also considering a switch to Dodge.
Rumors claim all of Richard Petty's teams will run Intrepids following this season.
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Radford University is home tonight for only the second time this season.
But now the Highlanders must search for a new identity as injury problems are plaguing the team.
Senior three point ace Rian Everett is most likely out for good. Everett underwent an MRI today after reinjuring the knee that sidelined him last season. His replacement Lamar King is also out with a broken foot.
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Radford is five and six. Tip off for tonight's game with Concord is seven.
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The Roanoke College Men's basketball team is on the rise in the national polls.
The Maroons are 17th in the D-3 Hoops Online National rankings and 21st in the Columbus Multimedia poll.
Roanoke is just two victories away from equaling last year's total wins.
Moir's squad takes its 10 game win streak to Eastern Mennonite for a conference game tonight.
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Tultex Corporation has a lot of creditors ... 11 thousand ... and tonight, they can present their concerns and questions before a bankruptcy court hearing at Martinsville High School.
Those creditors include many former employees who filed claims for unpaid vacation time, severance packages and other payments.
We'll attend the hearing and tell you what happens tonight on News 7 at 11.
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