Health Law Keyed to Furrow
Mateo-Woodburn v. Fresno Community Hospital
Before 1985, Fresno Community Hospital (Defendant) had an "open" system of staffing for its anesthesiologists. In other words, the various doctors established their schedules among themselves. FCH (Defendant) became concerned that the system the thirteen staff anesthesiologists were using was resulting in resources being used inefficiently and in in some cases, substandard patient care. To reduce this problem, FCH (Defendant) signed an exclusive contract with Dr. Hass, (Defendant), giving Hass (Defendant) the right to regulate the hours of any doctor it may wish to subcontract with. Believing that the subcontract infringed on their professional freedom, six of the anesthesiologists (Plaintiff) refused to sign the subcontract offered by Hass (Defendant). A trial court entered a preliminary injunction against the contract but, after a hearing, dissolved the injunction and dismissed. An appeal was taken.
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