A Richland obstetrician’s suspension over allegations of malpractice and patient abuse is “illegal and unjustified” and is based on information the state Department of Health has had for two years, his practice said Friday.
Health officials issued a summary suspension of Dr. Alexander M. Ortolano’s license this week. He is part of Arbor Healthcare for Women in Richland.
“We have already filed an appeal, a request for a show cause hearing and will be filing a lawsuit to have the suspension overturned,” said a statement from Arbor Healthcare. “These are allegations only and nothing has been proven.”
It goes on to say, “A little over a year ago, the state Department of Health offered an informal disposition of the complaints against Dr. Ortolano. Nothing has changed. They have not alleged any unprofessional conduct for care provided in the last two years. The termination of privileges at Kadlec (Regional Medical Center in Richland) was done after Dr. Ortolano successfully challenged the decision to terminate with a fair hearing panel that ruled in his favor.”
Arbor Healthcare has other providers and remains open.