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Union protests proposed physician outsourcing at RiverBend

Some physicians at PeaceHealth say the future of your healthcare might be at risk.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Some physicians at PeaceHealth say the future of your healthcare might be at risk.

Right now all types of medical providers at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend rallied Thursday against proposed changes.

The rally comes after PeaceHealth proposed that some physicians be outsourced, meaning they would work for a management company instead of the hospital.

The 44 physicians in the Pacific Northwest Hospital Medicine Association Union who work at PeaceHealth don't want to be outsourced.

They are concerned about turnover and training - and fear patient care will suffer.

"The problem is these management companies are focused on one thing and that is money," Dr. David Schwartz said. "Their sole existence is not to provide quality care the sole existence is not to improve the practice and standards of hospital medicine."

PeaceHealth released a statement saying "we are committed to reaching an agreement that is fair and competitive and sustainable for our medical center and our community. Uur desire is to reach an agreement as soon as possible so we can focus on our shared mission of serving our patients with the highest quality care."

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