Former ER director stripped of privileges

The Board of Commissioners of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District terminated the medical staff membership and clinical privileges of Dr. Mark Borden last week. The decision went into effect immediately effect.

Borden is the former emergency department director at Whidbey General Hospital.

Borden declined to  comment about the resolution stripping him of membership and privileges at the present time. He said he wished to speak with his attorney to determine what his next step would be before speaking with the press.

The newspaper received a copy of the resolution following a public records request.

According to the resolution, Borden engaged in a pattern of unprofessional behavior, which violated hospital bylaws and policies.

The resolution also stated that the “behavior persisted despite direct and repeated admonition.”

“Dr. Borden’s conduct was unprofessional in that it was disproportionate, public, excessive and threatening and undermined the trust of the community and goodwill of the hospital,” said the Resolution.

The hospital’s Medical Executive Committee recommended the termination.

“The board took action to uphold the decision of the medical staff,” said Anne Tarrant, board president.

Borden’s name will be added to the National Practitioner Data Bank, a database created in the 1980s so that hospitals and managed care plans could access a centralized database of all adverse actions on a provider.

Information in the database is one of several factors that medical facilities use when deciding to hire a doctor.


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