Health Events And News

Back to Archive News

Independent Investigation Findings Released

07/25/17

Clarinda, IA | July 24, 2017:

Following weeks of investigation and after considering information gathered in interviews, Division of Professional Services, LLC, an independent investigative firm has released the following summary conclusion about alleged tampering of a CRHC ambulance.

“It is the investigators conclusion that at no time were any patients or employees put in danger from the alleged wire tampering situation.  There is no credible evidence to suggest that Mr. Baker tampered with the ambulance in question or that there were any threats made directly to employees.”

This conclusion is similar to what had been determined by the hospital’s internal investigation this past winter.

During the Board of Trustee Meeting, CRHC Board Chairman Dale McAllister read the following summary statement following review of the investigative report.

“The Board of Trustees of the Clarinda Regional Health Center reviewed the on-going concern raised by some members of the Community regarding a single incident involving the EMS service.  It had been alleged that a vehicle was tampered with, resulting in a lighting issue.  As these community members continued to have concerns, the Clarinda Regional Health Center Board of Trustees, through its legal counsel, engaged an external investigative service to conduct an independent review.  After interviewing more than 11 people and reviewing various documents it was the conclusion of the independent investigators, Division of Professional Services, LLC, that at no time were any patients or employees put in danger from the alleged wire tampering situation and that there was no credible evidence to suggest that Mr. Baker, who had been accused by community members of engaging in the tampering, had tampered with the ambulance.  There was also no credible evidence of any threats made directly to employees to limit their participation in any prior investigation or the investigation conducted by DPS.”

McAllister went on to say, “The Board of Trustees has taken the concerns raised by some community members very seriously, has provided them with multiple opportunities to present any issues relating to these concerns to the Board, and engaged, through counsel, an outside independent investigative firm which has concluded that there is no factual foundation for the concerns raised.”

The investigation was conducted by Consultants, Scott A. Leighter and Doug Griffen of Division of Professional Services, LLC.