Hospital plans to announce decision

A special meeting of The Memorial Hospital board of trustees Thursday night failed to produce a decision or statement about an investigation into possible patient neglect and Medicare fraud.

The board, TMH administrator George Rohrich and attorneys discussed preliminary findings of the investigation for more than 3 1/2 hours during an executive session.

Their discussion was ongoing as of press time.

Hospital spokeswoman Pam Thompson said hospital officials would release a statement today about the investigation.

The investigation began in mid-March after complaints were lodged by former hospital chief of staff Dr. Michael Crane. In a letter sent to the media the week the investigation started, Crane said there were patient safety issues at the hospital that needed to be addressed.

Crane's allegations included "grave issues of patient safety" and "patterns of neglect and abandonment that may constitute negligent homicide."

Lawyers from a Denver law firm were hired to assist in the investigation, which the hospital announced shortly after Crane released his letter.

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