Ga. hospital asks for police investigation

An attorney for the Georgia hospital that discovered an employee had marked hundreds of unread mammograms as complete has asked local police to begin an investigation, according to the hospital's parent company.

On April 2, Perry Hospital in Perry, GA, a 45-bed facility in the Houston Hospital provider network, discovered a discrepancy during a quality check of mammography exams and began a broader quality review. That review found that a radiology employee had processed a number of mammography studies without obtaining a reading of the tests by a radiologist. The hospital has contacted 900 women to offer retakes, according to Victor Moldovan, attorney for Houston Healthcare.

The local Perry attorney has asked police to investigate whether the employee acted in a criminal manner, Moldovan said. The hospital terminated the employee after the incident.

"Perry Hospital's first priority was notifying patients [and beginning the retake process]," Moldovan said. "Now the next phase is beginning. If the employee did something criminal, it needs to be reported and investigated."

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