Southwest Regional Medical Center claims Pa.'s OK following ex-employee suit

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Six weeks after a former employee accused its administrators of covering up problems, the Southwest Regional Medical Center today announced that it had passed a resulting Pennsylvania Department of Health inspection.

In October, Marie Gillispie, the hospital's former director of acute care services, sued claiming she was fired after her concerns about patient care and reporting requirements were repeatedly brushed aside by higher-ups.

According to a statement issued by Southwest Regional, three department inspectors conducted an "unannounced visit" Nov. 1 and looked at "patient and personnel charts relevant to the allegations."

Southwest Regional's release quoted the department as concluding: "It was determined that the facility was in compliance with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Rules and Regulations for Hospitals.”

Southwest Regional in its release called Ms. Gillispie's complaint "groundless" and said her lawsuit "will be vigorously defended by the hospital."

“These are serious allegations, and we will vigorously defend the good work we do every day," Southwest Regional's chief medical officer, Jami Diamond Boris, said in the release.

Ms. Gillispie's attorney, Noah Geary, could not be immediately reached.

The Department of Health could not immediately provide the full report of the inspection.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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