A local hospital hopes to put the allegations to rest as they release the results of an independent review.
In June, the Bingham Memorial Hospital Board of Directors filed a notice of tort claim against County Commissioner Ladd Carter and Planning and Zoning Commissioner Lee Hammett.
Also named in the claim were a couple of members at a competing television station, including a reporter who is no longer employed there though her departure is unrelated to the reporting on the hospital.
After looking at the alleged allegations against the hospital, the board expressed concern over what they say was a documented attempt by those mentioned in the tort claim to have the six members of the administrative team removed.
Wednesday, the board of directors called a news conference to release the findings of an independent review of the operations of the hospital.
In all fairness, according to an independent review, a few of the allegations against the hospital would have had some relevance, if they hadn’t already been addressed years ago.
The independent review was performed by Holland and Hart. The firm is based in the intermountain west and their team of 200 litigators and lawyers has handled cases throughout the country.
“I think that our investigation was much more thorough,” said Attorney Walter Bithell of Holland and Hart. “We approached it with a lot more authorization and authority to go in and to look at records, and to review records and interview people and find out, have interviews both in and out of the hospital.”
The Bingham Memorial Hospital Board of Directors gave Holland and Hart total control over the investigation in which they addressed every claim presented by the media.
This includes a story done in May in which a hospital employee said she was instructed to clear outdated medications from an office building during an audit by the Joint Commission, which certifies and accredits health programs.
“We could not find any indication that any of this was withheld or hidden from the auditing entity, the Joint Commission, “said Attorney Erik Stidham of Holland and Hart. “And every audit since then has passed by the hospital with regard to the outdated medication.”
One final point of clarification, Bingham Memorial Hospital is not owned by the county. The hospital simply leases the land from the county as part of the agreement signed in 2007. There was some confusion about this by other media outlets in our area.