County loses only radiologist performing important procedure

Several radiologists at the Florida-based NCH Healthcare System have left their positions or given notice of leave, which may significantly impact patient care, the Naples Daily News reports. The staffing changes could indicate poor morale issues and a pending management crisis. 

While a hospital spokeswoman said the NCH has “a fully staffed and functional radiology department treating record numbers of patients,” stroke care for the county’s aging population could be impacted. Departing neurointerventional radiologist Mazen AbuAwad, MD, is the only local provider in the county who performs aneurysm stenting and coil placement for stroke care purposes.

“It saddens the Collier County Medical Society to learn of the recent internal implosion of the radiology department at NCH,” said Cesar De Leon, MD, president of the medical society, in the report. “In particular the leader of the NCH Code Save a Brain stroke program, Dr. Mazen AbuAwad, was not retained by NCH to provide his lifesaving work for the community of Collier County. Dr. AbuAwad was universally considered irreplaceable by the medical staff of NCH who have seen his world class abilities firsthand.”

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