Update on the story, definitely a sad state of affairs for everyone involved and medical care suffers all the way around.  BD

Palo Verde Hospital lost $350,000 in May and is on track to lose $500,000 in June, said Richard Fallon, president of Advanced Hospital Management, the San Diego-based company that manages the hospital for the Palo Verde Health Care District.

Fallon blames the situation on Dr. Hossain Sahlolbei, the hospital's sole surgeon and its chief of staff. Sahlolbei's refusal to perform surgeries at the hospital since early May because of a contract dispute has caused hospital revenues to plunge, Fallon said.

Fallon said the issues relate to the role Sahlolbei would have in selecting a second surgeon to work in Blythe, and Sahlolbei's insistence on a contract of at least five years.

Sahlolbei, who has been at the hospital for more than eight years, has been on vacation in his home country of Iran since early June and was unavailable for comment.

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