Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chillicothe 33 and Conflict of Interest in Central Illinois

Doug Marshall is Peoria Area Emergency Medical Services attorney. He is also OSF-SFMC’s attorney.
Matt Jackson, MD is Medical Director of Peoria Area Emergency Medical Services. He is also OSF-Emergency Department Emergency Medical Services Medical Director.
(It is interesting that both of these key figures in pre-hospital care in central Illinois had no comment on the ongoing Chillicothe 33 saga.)
OSF has always supported Advanced Medical Transport (AMT). George Hevesy, MD, OSF’s former Emergency Department's Medical Director and Emergency Medical Services Medical Director, is still receiving a salary from both OSF and AMT. Dr. Hevesy has been a valuable employee for AMT and OSF for over two decades.
It will be interesting to see what OSF will do if Chilicothe 33 attempts to become an Advanced Life Support ambulance service for Chillicothe. My guess is that the gloves will come off yet again.
A widely used definition of conflict of interest is:
"A conflict of interest is a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgement or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest."
Stay tuned.
John A. Carroll, MD

Ambulance service will answer emergency calls in Hopewell starting Sunday