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City of Hope’s reorg plan creates rift with doctors group

A bruising turf battle that pits City of Hope National Medical Center against the organization that provides most of its doctors has created a rift at the prestigious cancer treatment and research complex northeast of Los Angeles.

The controversy — centering on a reorganization of hospital operations — has yielded dueling lawsuits, a doctors' "loss of confidence" vote against chief executive Dr. Michael A. Friedman and public pleas for support to lawmakers and patients.

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