How a New Mexico hospital rebelled against its bosses as Covid-19 hit

By, Nick Pachelli, Searchlight New Mexico

In the past two weeks, one Covid-19 patient died following what several staff physicians described as gross mismanagement by healthcare workers at Rehoboth McKinley Christian hospital. Another patient suffered severe brain damage when a ventilator was improperly adjusted, according to those same physicians. And the hospital’s critical care doctor, the only critical care physician in McKinley county, resigned, citing patient safety concerns.

On 5 May, an ad-hoc group of staff providers at the hospital, formally known as Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, unanimously voted to submit a declaration of no confidence in Rehoboth’s CEO, David Conejo. The group, which formed this spring to protest conditions, followed up with a warning letter to the hospital board.

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