Hospital investigation ends

Board OKs administrative, compliance resolutions

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An internal investigation into claims of improprieties and abuse at The Memorial Hospital has ended.

The hospital board of trustees met during a four-and-half-hour executive session Wednesday night to discuss findings from the investigation, which began as a response to a litany of allegations by former chief of staff Dr. Michael Crane.

Earlier this year, Crane accused hospital administrators of allowing a negligent health care environment.

Late Wednesday evening, the hospital board released a statement, which indicated it state and federal laws prohibit the hospital from directly responding to Crane's pointed criticisms. However, the investigation revealed findings "favorable to the hospital," according to the statement.

"We can disclose, however, that the investigation has concluded that there is no evidence of Medicare fraud and abuse, as alleged by Dr. Crane," the statement reads.

Although hospital officials were limited as to what they would discuss publicly regarding the investigation, the board did approved several items Wednesday to help shore up administration and compliance efforts.

After closing the executive session and reconvening the public portion of the meeting, the hospital board unanimously approved:

• Directing the medical staff to review medical staff bylaws and rules and to recommend any updates to improve processes and promote compliance with accreditation standards and laws.

• Directing the medical executive committee to continue to conduct peer review in accordance with medical staff bylaws and rules.

• Directing administration to review policies regarding the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act and to recommend to the board changes need to improve processes and compliance.

• Directing administration to provide appropriate education and training for staff regarding the emergency medical act standards.

• Directing administration to review the hospital's compliance plan and to recommend changes needed for compliance.

Hospital officials said the investigation will prove a benefit in the long run.

"We believe this investigation was helpful to the hospital and will assist us in moving forward to continue to provide quality care to this community," the board's statement said. "We have confidence in our medical staff leadership and our administration and believe that this process will strengthen the hospital as we continue to fulfill our community mission."

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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