Orthopedic surgeon's health system exit steeped in controversy

Alan Condon -  

Two members of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors in Warsaw, N.Y., said claims that a box of human resource documents contained negative information about orthopedic surgeon Paul Mason, MD, were not true, Livingston County News reported May 21.

Wyoming County Community Health System terminated Dr. Mason's contract in February. County board supervisor Jerry Davis said there was "another side" to the surgeon that most people do not know, but would not expand on what the alleged negative information was, according to the report.

When four other county board supervisors consulted the human resource documents on Dr. Mason, they found a half-filled banker box with no information portraying a darker side of the surgeon, Livingston County News reported.

"Really there was nothing," Arcade Supervisor Douglas Berwanger said. "For everyone to stand up and say how bad it was, it wasn't accurate."

Wyoming County Community Health System did not respond to Becker's request for comment.

When news of Dr. Mason's departure surfaced, the community rallied behind the surgeon. A petition to reinstate him, signed by hospital employees and community members, garnered more than 2,700 signatures.

Dr. Mason and his physician assistant Jim O'May published a letter Feb. 21 in The Daily News about their departure. The letter said the termination or resignation of Dr. Mason and other physicians happened after the hospital's CEO, Don Eichenauer, retired and the hospital's strategic direction changed.

David Kobis will become CEO of Wyoming County Community Health System on May 31, according to The Buffalo News.

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