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Doctor shortage critical at Sitka Community Hospital

SITKA, ALASKA Sitka Community Hospital is facing a critical staff shortage.
The departure of Dr. John Totten has left the facility without a regular general surgeon.
The impending departure of Dr. Graham Chelius in January will leave the hospital without full-time obstetrical services.
The Sitka assembly was scheduled to discuss the issue at its regular meeting last night (10-28-08), but the item was postponed until November when hospital board president Jeff Johnston could be present.
While it likely could be a matter for an executive session, assembly member Nancy Cavanaugh – as hospital liaison – framed the issue for her colleagues and the public:
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