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Feds: Auburn Community Hospital mishandled complaints about doctor

Auburn Community Hospital failed to take appropriate action regarding a doctor who was accused of engaging in inappropriate and dangerous behavior, including sexual harassment and “near misses” in caring for patients, according to a recent report from hospital regulators.

Conducted by the state Department of Health on behalf of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an August inspection identified failings in several key areas in how the hospital handled 33 incident reports made in less than a year about an unnamed physician.

A federal statement of deficiencies and plan of correction, first reported on by syracuse.com, describes incidents in which ACH medical staff reported that a physician, referred to only as “Staff A,” violated care guidelines during emergencies, improperly managed patients on ventilators, refused to follow protocol, failed to consider the opinions of consultants and transfer patients, and more. The report said 33 incident reports were filed between October 2017 and July 2018.

The issues have since been corrected as required by the plan, according to both the report and a public statement provided this week by ACH. However, a hospital spokesperson Friday declined to name the accused doctor or say whether they were still employed.

“Auburn Community Hospital leadership takes these matters very seriously and responded to the State concerns in a comprehensive and expeditious fashion. Further, questions regarding personnel matters will not be discussed publicly,” the statement said.

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