By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON – Less than 24 hours before a rally in support of Dr. Radha Kudva was scheduled to be held at Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital, the hospital officially responded to reports that Kudva’s contract is not being renewed when it expires in late August.
The Daily News reported on the issue earlier this month, when several parents of Kudva’s young patients rallied and began circulating a petition to keep Kudva at ARH. The matter attracted an overwhelming amount of social media support, particularly on Facebook.
In an official statement, Tim Hatfield, CEO at ARH, said:
“While ARH typically does not address matters relating to employment, it has been brought to our attention that there are a number of rumors concerning pediatrician Dr. Radha Kudva’s current employment status at Williamson ARH Hospital. In respect for her patients and their families, we felt a response is necessary in this case to ease the concerns.
“Dr. Kudva has always been, and continues to be, a valued and respected member of the Williamson ARH medical staff, devoting her career to caring for generations of children in the Tug Valley area. While rumors on social media sites have suggested otherwise, ARH has in fact offered Dr. Kudva the opportunity to continue her employment at Williamson ARH when her current contract expires in September of this year.
“Whether Dr. Kudva decides to continue employment at Williamson ARH past the expiration of her current contract, is entirely her choice. She is welcome to stay if that is what she chooses to do. Management is awaiting her response and is hopeful that these issues will be brought to a final resolution soon.”
The Daily News contacted Kudva, who declined comment on the matter.
A protest in support of Dr. Kudva has been scheduled to begin at ARH at 10 a.m. today.