David Lipschitz Leaves Saline Memorial Hospital

by Mark Friedman  on Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 10:19 am  

Dr. David Lipschitz

Dr. David has made his rounds. 

Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton last week laid off Dr. David Lipschitz, who had been working at the hospital since last fall. 

In October, the hospital announced it hired the well-known geriatrician to be responsible for the medical management of the Healthy Aging Center at Saline Memorial.

Lipschitz said that Saline management decided that "initiating a geriatric clinic was just financially unattainable."

Bob Trautman, CEO of Saline Memorial, said that, in the face of a "significant" budgeted loss for the aging center in 2014, "we really had no choice but to close the center."

"The draw of patients to the center and the design was one where we had hoped to support the clinic via outpatient ancillary services and inpatient referrals to the hospital," Trautman said. "However, those referrals never materialized given the model of delivery in that setting."

Trautman said the hospital was fortunate to have had Lipschitz involved in the project and the prestige he brough to the hosptial.

Lipschitz said he hated to go. 

"I loved working there," he said. "I was extremely sad to leave that place."

He said 85 percent of his patients traveled 30 miles or more to see him.

In the last 18 months, Lipschitz, 70, has had a number of jobs in Little Rock. 

He announced in February 2012 that he was leaving The Longevity Center at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, where he had been since 2008. At the time, Lipschitz said he was leaving the St. Vincent job and planned to join Baptist Medical Center.



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