By Lisa Schencker | October 17, 2015
The surgeon was moody.
He seemed drowsy at work.
He was secretly an alcoholic.
The situation could have led to patient harm, the loss of his license and malpractice lawsuits. But none of that happened.
Instead, a member of the hospital’s wellness committee, after speaking with the doctor, connected him with the Positive Sobriety Institute in Chicago. Such programs often work with hospitals to assess potentially impaired physicians, refer them for treatment and monitor their progress.