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Phoebe C.E.O. says he will not resign

September 1, 2004

Albany -- Embattled Phoebe Putney Hospital C.E.O. Joel Wernick says he has no plans to resign.

The Dougherty County Medical called for Wernick's resignation after the hospital filed a defamation suit against Charles Rehberg. Rehberg works for a group of Albany surgeons and helped gather information on Phoebe Putney's billing of uninsured patients.

Wernick says he has received only support from the Hospital Board. "I am not planning to go anywhere. I have gotten many, many calls from members of the medical community expressing their support of the Hospital and myself. I have been quite frankly humbled."

Hospital Board Chairman John Temp Phillips said "We are solidly behind Joel. Joel has done an outstanding job."

 Wernick said charges of a secret Cayman Island offshore account are untrue. In 2001 Phoebe set up a captive insurance company called Grove Pointe Indemnity in the Caymans to save money on their malpractice insurance.

 Wernick says using the offshore malpractice company has saved the Hospital more than two million dollars in premium costs.

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