Nearly all of the doctors who work out of Wheaton-Franciscan All Saints, the former St. Mary's, held a meeting Wednesday night to express their frustration with how Racine's hospital is being run, according to reliable sources.
At least 100 doctors attended the meeting and called for changes in how the hospital, and their jobs, are managed. The meeting was called because the overall morale among local doctors is low, according to the source. At one point during the meeting, someone asked the crowd how many doctors want to leave All Saints. Nearly everyone in the room raised their hand, according to the source.
"It was a borderline riot," according to the source.
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Update: Thanks to everyone who's written in. We'll have some follow up stories later today and next week. A few more details on Wednesday's meeting:
* The meeting was held in the Racine Room at the hospital
* All Saints' doctors called the meeting to express their frustration to hospital executives.
* This is in the comments, but it's worth mentioning here. All Saints doctors can't leave and practice at, say, Aurora in Racine because of a non-compete clause in their contracts. Doctors can't practice in Racine for up to a year after they leave All Saints. Doctors say this is frustrating because it basically locks down the Racine market for anyone who wants to compete. For example, if a Racine doctor wants to start their own practice they can't do it locally because of the noncompete clause. Some leave for a neighboring city - like Franklin or Oak Creek - or leave all together.
* We're getting quite a few complaints in the comments and by email about All Saints' billing. We'd like to a pursue a story on this, so if you have any problems with your medical bills, please let us know.