Hospital board to discuss investigation


Hospital officials hope a month-long investigation into possible patient neglect and Medicare fraud at The Memorial Hospital is nearing its end, the hospital's spokeswoman said Thursday.

The hospital's board of trustees will hold an executive session at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss the investigation.

The board announced plans for the executive session at its meeting Wednesday night.

Hospital spokeswoman Pam Thompson said officials hope the investigation, which started in mid-March, will be finished before next week's meeting.

"We're hoping it will be wrapped up at that time," Thompson said.

The closed-door meeting next week will be held in the Platinum Conference Room at the hospital, 785 Russell St.

Thompson said the hospital would release a statement about the investigation's findings after next week's meeting.

Lawyers from the Denver law firm that the hospital hired to assist in the investigation are expected to attend the meeting, Thompson said.

The investigation is based on complaints lodged by former hospital chief of staff Dr. Michael Crane.

In a letter released to the media the week the investigation started, Crane said there were important patient safety issues at the hospital that needed to be addressed.

"As of this date, the board of trustees of the hospital has not accepted my request to discuss grave issues of patient safety, of potential Medicare fraud and abuse, of violations of (Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act) laws, and even of patterns of neglect and abandonment that may constitute negligent homicide," Crane wrote in his letter.

The hospital announced the investigation a few days after Crane released the letter.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

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