Lori Fowler, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/14/2013 06:43:52 PM PDT
Updated: 06/14/2013 08:36:55 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – When John Bolds’ wife was having a hard time breathing last year, he took her to the emergency room at the Chino Valley Medical Center.

His wife, referred to only as SB during a preliminary injunction hearing Friday at West Valley Superior Court, has been admitted to that hospital before, Bolds testified. She suffers from breathing problems and was treated by doctors of the Inland Pulmonary Medical Group for 10 years.

The hearing stems from a lawsuit IPMG filed against the hospital and its owners alleging it routinely ignores patients’ wishes to contact IPMG physicians who are familiar with their medical histories.

Instead, Chino Valley delegates care to their residents who place the hospital’s financial interests above patient care, IPMG officials said.

Bolds testified Friday that in the past, Chino Valley hospital workers had wanted to know who his wife’s pulmonary doctor was so they could contact the physician.

But during their most recent visit in July, Bolds was not asked to fill out the normal paperwork that would have provided the hospital with her doctor’s information.

In fact, SB’s doctor was never contacted and she was treated by a different doctor during her one-month stay at the hospital, Bolds said.

When the couple later ran into their doctor at a different facility, he was surprised to hear she had been admitted.

“I felt terrible, I felt that he should have been contacted,” Bolds said.

Other caregivers testified on Friday that they too felt deceived by Chino Valley’s decision not to contact their loved one’s primary care specialist following admission to their hospital.

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