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Bagnato could remain at Phoebe North

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick says physicians who currently have privileges at Palmyra will retain them, including one of the most outspoken critics of Phoebe.

Dr. John Bagnato co-authored the Phoebe factoids, anonymous faxes several years ago that criticized Phoebe administrators.  It appears both parties may now be willing to bury the hatchet.

Wernick says Bagnato will retain his privileges at the hospital, even after Phoebe's acquisition.  Bagnato says that's welcome news and that he'd like to sit down with Wernick to discuss his future with the hospital.

Wernick said, "I hope folks who maybe in the past have had strong opinions, hopefully will contribute to the future vision and refocus that energy for common good."

Bagnato said, "I welcome the comments and I welcome the opportunity to talk to them about what their plans are, specifically about bariatric surgery."

Bagnato says he requested hospital privileges at Phoebe's main campus when they began a bariatric practice, but at that time was denied.  He says regardless of his future relationship with Phoebe, his patients can depend on him to remain in the area.

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