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14 Sep 2016 04:29:19 MDT Written by: Administration

Montrose Memorial Hospital, Inc. Disagrees With EEOC Lawsuit Claiming Age Discrimination

MONTROSE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, INC.  DISAGREES WITH EEOC LAWSUIT CLAIMING AGE DISCRIMINATION

 MONTROSE, CO (September 12, 2016)—The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC) recently notified Montrose Memorial Hospital of plans to take legal action against MMHI based on a lawful dismissal of an employee in 2012.  The EEOC lawsuit includes Katherine Casias and other potential claimants who either left voluntarily or were terminated for cause between 2010 and 2012.

 “We are disappointed, and concerned that the EEOC would decide on this course of action.  Our hospital is committed to maintaining a nurturing, supportive and non-discriminatory environment for all employees,” said Board Chair Ron Courtney. “Montrose Memorial Hospital prides itself on values of integrity and honesty, and strives to provide ongoing opportunities for advancement, continuing education and recognition for employees who are committed to serving patients and improving care.”

  Very few details of the lawsuit have been revealed by the EEOC at this time.  The Board of Directors of MMHI, who govern the hospital, are requesting that more details be released from the EEOC regarding the age discrimination claims.  On average, between 2010 and 2013, over 70% of Montrose Memorial Hospital’s workforce falls into this protected category of age 40 and above. 

MMH Employees By Age Group

Graph: MMH Employees by Age Group

Data is compiled annually in April

  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was enacted to protect workers over the age of 40.
  • On average 70% of Montrose Memorial Hospital’s workforce falls into this protected category.

 The hospital performed an internal investigation into the former employees’ claims of age discrimination and found valid and profound reasons for dismissal or resignation in all cases.  One termination centered on a level 3 HIPAA violation that was based on a malicious disregard of organization policies which are in place to protect the privacy of our patients.

 “Montrose Memorial Hospital takes any claim of discrimination very seriously.  We have policies and procedures in place to ensure our employees are being treated fairly.  Unfortunately, sometimes we have to terminate employees to ensure that our patients and families are receiving the quality care and customer service our community deserves,” said Chief Executive Officer, Steve Hannah. “It is our responsibility to ensure we are following our mission, vision and values and doing all we can to provide top level employees to care for our friends and family.”

 “We have reviewed all of our files relating to the cases cited by the agency and have found no substantiation for the allegations. In some cases, we have considerable information that directly contradicts the claims,” said John Brooks, attorney for Montrose Memorial Hospital.

 The hospital plans to continue working with the EEOC to better understand their concerns and provide any additional information needed for the agency to understand these details and circumstances of the cases.

“We will maintain an ongoing dialogue with the EEOC,” said Courtney, "And hope that as further details are presented, we will have the opportunity to resolve this matter.”

 

About Montrose Memorial Hospital (www.MontroseHospital.com)

Montrose Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)3 nonprofit healthcare system serving Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, Gunnison, Delta, Hinsdale and San Juan counties. The health system offers a 75-bed hospital and an extensive range of inpatient & outpatient health care services, including cardiology, oncology, minimally invasive surgery, laboratory, medical imaging/radiology, Mountain View Therapy, Level III Trauma Center and the family birthing center. The health system partners with regional providers on joint ventures to meet local healthcare needs, including CareFlight air ambulance service and Black Canyon Surgical Center. Montrose Memorial is the second-largest employer in Montrose County, with more than 650 employees and 100 physicians who represent 23 medical specialties. The hospital has received patient satisfaction ratings exceeding 90% since 2010.


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