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Indicted Doctor continues criticism of hospital big profits

January 19, 2006

Albany -- An Albany Doctor continues to criticize Phoebe Putney Hospital management, despite his criminal indictment last month.

The Albany Sertoma Club invited Dr. John Bagnato to speak at their weekly meeting Thursday. Bagnato was indicted by a grand jury for harassing phone calls, assault, and burglary charges, in connection with his putting out the Phoebe Factoids, faxes that blew the whistle on lavish travel expenses by hospital management.

In his power point presentation, Bagnato used the not for profit hospital's income tax forms from 2002 to show earnings of 39 million dollars.

Meanwhile Albany industries say they may have to leave town because their medical costs are among the highest in the country. Dr. Bagnato said "I think the Albany industry data clearly shows there is a problem, and the Merck closing I think is an alarm bell for this community."

Phoebe Health Systems Board Member Tommy Chambless said "I think Dr. Bagnato does a lot of interpretation as opposed to fact finding or fact telling. That's a little bit of a matter for concern."

Bagnato said despite the criminal charges against him, he will continue to speak out for lower cost health care, and against large profits for community hospitals.

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