Humboldt General Trustees Cite Doctor for Contract Default

Humboldt General Hospital trustees have given a local physician one month to improve his administrative job performance.

Following a more than two-hour closed session at the Tuesday, January 22, meeting of the board, trustees unanimously agreed that Dr. Len Perkinson has not performed as expected in completing patient charts.

Trustees gave the family practice/obstetrics physician a required 30-day notice as a result of defaulting on his contract.

As part of the decision, trustees asked Dr. Perkinson to work with HGH Interim CEO Karen Cole during the coming week to arrive at a plan for improvement that clearly outlines expectations for the physician moving forward.

Trustees also asked that the doctor not see patients during the month-long period; the board will review Dr. Perkinson’s progress at the end of the 30 days.

Further, board members will collect data to determine if there are variables beyond Dr. Perkinson’s control that are negatively impacting his ability to complete patient charts in a timely manner.

While Dr. Perkinson is a staff member at the hospital, his contract is with the board, explained HGH Legal Counsel Kent Maher, necessitating the personnel matter be handled at a formal board meeting, per Nevada’s Open Meeting Law.

All trustees were present; however, board member Jennifer Hood recused herself from the discussion and vote.

Interim CEO Cole said the hospital has made immediate accommodations to compensate for Dr. Perkinson’s absence from maternity and pediatric care.

Dr. Roger Brecheen, a board-certified OB/GYN, will begin providing obstetrical and gynecological services immediately.

According to CEO Cole, the doctor has more than 30 years of experience in caring for and delivering maternity patients.

“He brings a wealth of experience to this position,” she said. “Our soon-to-be-moms can rest assured they will be in good hands.”

Additionally, Dr. Brecheen will offer complete gynecological services to area women, including family planning, urogynecology, fertility, menopause care and more.

CEO Cole said the hospital also has arranged for pediatricians to care for newborn babies in the nursery and children up to age 18.

Patients may schedule appointments with Dr. Brecheen or the current on-site pediatrician at the Rural Health Clinic by calling (775) 625-8516.

Any questions or issues should be directed to HGH Director of Physician Services Robert Johnson, PA, at (775) 625-7000.

To access the Rural Health Clinic, patients should park in the HGH parking garage and take the elevator to the second floor.