Estes Park Medical Center officials confirm drug investigation

Full story: Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Officials at the Estes Park Medical Center have confirmed that there is a police investigation under way into an alleged theft of drugs at the hospital in March.
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Inside Out

Denver, CO

#41 Jun 17, 2013
So there's another RN with drug issue at epmc.

Big surprise!

What can the epmc do about it? drug test all staff to be able to confront, address and factually proclaim to the community that they have an idea of what is going on under their noses, and are handling it. The employees expect that you won't test them, even though you threaten that you MIGHT at any time (just one of the actual and perceived threats). Anything short of this move will be a shell game and epmc knows it (and are planning on it). You'll have to hit bottom before you get better they say, epmc.

Do it! Separate the good from troubled and be up front about the drug diversions with the community, because it looks to me like the community is becoming less tolerant of the BS lines and excuses.

Change is coming one way or another, will epmc take the lead and manage the change? Or will yet another staff take a fall, with no benefit to the community.
EstesNative

Bloomington, IL

#42 Jun 18, 2013
If they did random drug tests, alot of those people would be gone. I can think of one person in particular who comes into work drunk-did they send her home? Nope. She is also a coke head. I do not gossip-I speak the truth and as a resident and taxpayer-I would want to know what is going on there. So I am telling you people what I know. It's a sad reality...
Anon

Estes Park, CO

#43 Jun 18, 2013
Did anyone see the Dilbert cartoon in Sunday's ..Denver Post.. paper (June 16th)? I really think that's how they have been hiring administration both at EPMC and PPLC! I'm also well aware of some of the sad realities.
estes park resident

Greeley, CO

#44 Jun 19, 2013
Did anyone interview the patient(s) who was/were charged for the narcotic(s) they did not get? Will the EPMC Board do anything? Because of their inaction, The EPMC Board is NOW involved in what really looks like a COVER UP, as they refuse to take any action with the nursing supervisor who is directly responsible for this drug addicted nurse to have continued to care for patients while on drugs she stole from the hospital and charging patient's for medications they did not receive. The Interim CEO is responsible for not overseeing that supervisor and for covering up as well. It seems the EPMC Board needs to GO! Do not re-elect these people who are now defending the above employees and did not want to hear the truth the pharmacist had to say at the board meeting. The interim CEO has violated hospital policy by bringing up information of a pending investigation in a public forum THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER and basically defaming an employee she terminated to make herself look good. Residents please write letters to the editor at the Trail Gazette about what is really going on here, A COVER UP of at least the nursing supervisor and the Interim CEO (Now the EPMC BOARD) all trying to protect a drug addicted nurse and now themselves.Seems like an independent investigation needs to be done.
Get it right Dana

United States

#45 Jun 20, 2013
FYI wrote:
HIPPA regulations do not apply to criminal acts. All reports to local police, The state board of pharmacy and the DEA are public documents. The names of all parties involved are open for public access. Please know the law when commenting on this issue.
Those that think they know the law should at least know that HIPAA, or as FYI (Dana) calls it HIPPA,(Dana, what does that other P stand for?) makes no distinctions if a patient has committed a criminal act or not. Please Dana, when you spread your lies, at least give some presence that you know what the law is, moreless what the law covers and contains.
Get it right Robert

Estes Park, CO

#46 Jun 20, 2013
Isn't moreless an oxymoron? I didn't see in the newspaper article where Dana said who, just that he was fired for reporting a crime. Robert, you no longer work there either...do you really think anyone believes that you left of your own accord? I hope that the Interim CEO has enough integrity and honesty to say what really happened. The people that support the faciliy deserve that much. It doesn't seem, so far, that either the CEO or the Board is forthcoming with that honesty. Or you for that matter.I understand that the criminal went to work in another facility. How can that be? How can HIPAA cover a criminal that is no longer a patient or an employee? Isn't that right given up when committing a crime? Remember, Admin. and the Board do not own the facility. The people do.
EstesNative

Bloomington, IL

#47 Jun 25, 2013
"Get it right Dana" is obviously one of the puppets from admin-or possibly the moron who "resigned for better opportunities". Robert-none of the employees liked you and are SOOOO happy you are finally gone. Sorry if that hurts your feelings. Its pretty scary that you are also a "lawyer"-you couldnt defend your way out of a paper bag. You can bash Dana all you want-he did the right thing-got fired and now hopefully will sue all of you! And even though you arent there-you will be called to the stand since you were the idiot running HR.
estes park nativ resident

Greeley, CO

#48 Jun 28, 2013
Now the blind EPMC Board advises no patients were ever in harms way at any time. Oh really? Like when patients were being cared for by the drug addicted nurse many times as well as the day she had Demerol on/in her? Wake up and start seeing and telling the truth. You are now involved in a criminal act by protecting all those who protected this nurse. So if everyone acted appropriately then why did you agree to fire the pharmacist you have all blamed for all of this? You all need to be impeached you refuse to hear and then tell the truth when it is right in front of you. please community do not vote any of these people again! they are incompetent and really would not know if patient care was compromised or not as they certainly are unable to see the truth here that it clearly was for many months and at least that working day of the druggie
obe wan

Aurora, CO

#49 Jun 29, 2013
They should return to being a small medical center and not another " job factory" from the dumb taxpayers

Since: Jul 13

Location hidden

#50 Jul 17, 2013
The SLT aka Sociopathic Leadership Team is a toxic hot mess. No conscience whatsoever. Manipulators. Cheerily destructive of people and the hospital system. One admitted that she had no problem firing good people. One in particular KK is skilled at soliciting sympathy in order to bamboozle whoever..."they" done me wrong.

More sociopaths continue to be hired every year, replacing the few who either have been fired, or who leave on their own (not many have). Those who remember all the goings-on over the years will surely agree. Kathleen, you are naive and have no idea what you are defending. BTW, drug addicts are some of the most skillful manipulators, in addition to socipaths.

Wiping the entire management slate clean is a great idea. Before EPMC puts its brand new SLT to work, they all need to attend trainings on Sociopathy, Bullying, and Finance. The interim CEO needs to be replaced ASAP. From all I’ve read and heard about her actions, she lacks business savvy and ethics needed for that position.

Why is it that some board members have been members for eternity? It's time for them to be replaced.

If someone "becomes a patient" and then is involved in criminal drug theft and criminal drug use (their own), are they still eligible for HIPAA rights? Also wonder if the EPPD is in over its head with this investigation?

Since: Jul 13

Location hidden

#51 Jul 17, 2013
LuvEP wrote:
...This hospital has missed the boat by trying to sell the curb appeal, the neat rock work, the spiffy art gallery, the embossed animal shaped stucco- and have not concentrated on providing CONSISTENT, GOOD LEADERSHIP to give this community quality care at a reasonable value.

The lobby (and the related excessive decorations) are a slap in the face of reason, and reminds me of little man syndrome (drive big truck if you have a little penis). BUILD BIG LOBBY if you provide QUESTIONABLE CARE?

Get your priorities straight EPMC! I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of this debacle.
LuvEP, I agree. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. I don't come to Estes much lately because the town has been slimed with this muck continually going on at EPMC. Playing the Blame Game is EPMC management's Number One management tool. It's time to grow up, SLT.

I have friends in Estes. Several have illnesses that require clinic care and hospital care. When I toss out hints that perhaps they may want to find another hospital, they are hurt because they don't want to think that EPMC isn't what it is supposed to be. A place for healing and health. If I'm in Estes, I don't want to fall ill or be injured and have to spend the night there.

So sad. But so true for me.
Just say NO to EPMC

Fort Worth, TX

#52 Jul 20, 2013
We encourage the TrailGazette to take very seriously the events at EstesParkMedicalCenter.
Worked at EPMC a number of years. These posts ring true. Every member of EPMC SeniorLeadership Team, including the CEO, the I-never-made-an-investment-I-d idn’t-make-a-profit-on CFO, Director of Nursing, Human Resources Director, deserve at least one of the labels: sociopath, psychopath, master manipulator, easily manipulated, redneck chicken-shit, wannabe big fish, bully.
Hallmark of a sociopath/psychopath is “without conscience ”.BadWolf aka sociopath/psychopath. Bullying is the mgmt style for many EPMC supervisors/mgrs/directors. Nurses took huge hit.
We want honest EPMC communication, honest EPMC management,honest EPMC billing,honesty with random drug testing of every employee. We want to trust that EPMC cares about upholding an ethical business and healthcare model.
I was wrongfully terminated by Bully supervisor. Blessing in disguise. Chose to fire instead of lay off. Annual budget crunch. But if you ask the CFO, she will stroke for half a day telling you what great investments she makes. Is she gone yet?
If I – or a family member or visiting friend - do need a hospital, we will take ambulance down to the valley. Not EPMC. If I die on the ride, so be it. I need to feel safe in a healthcare facility.
Choice is a patient right! Because EPMC is convenient does not mean that we must choose EPMC over a hospital in the valley. I choose to use a healthcare system with strong business ethics, who says NO to bullying, who practices good business ethics, as well as sound healthcare and mental health principles. It’s not ok to compromise my patient rights or my right to choose who lays their hands on me. I say who can suck double-and-triple-dipped funds from my insurance. Double-check your bills. You’d be surprised who in our community will not choose EPMC.
Choose: Just say’ No’ to EPMC.
Until EPMC decides to have a conscience and begins to practice their Mission and Vision statements. Until they decide that they will hire a conscionable mgmt staff in all depts. Until they Just Say ‘No” to unconscionable behavior in any form. Until they disband all of the current Senior Leadership Team or SLT and replace them with qualified business/healthcare leaders.
Come on, people. This is actually easy to do. Just do it!
Surely BobbiSwenson verified a pharmacist’s code of ethics before firing Dana? One would think a CEO would consult an attorney or qualified PR expert – certainly NOT Kerrie Blair Hill!- BEFORE barfing to the Trail Gazette. The statements she made were legally and ethically inappropriate, ludicrous, and have made EPMC seriously vulnerable to legal recourse in many areas. Off with their heads….
Trail Gazette, you are not serving a community when you allow your newspaper to be manipulated by an unscrupulous CEO et al. Oh, she knew what she was doing! Will future updates actually contain truth that serves our community? Can you write without blame, exposing the truth and encourage a resolution for EPMC? Can you ask Bobbi or her replacement for the real story the next time? Maybe she’ll put her big girl panties on next time. Given a choice, the more ethical thing for the Trail to do may be to do nothing. Bottom line: we have a history of trusting our healthcare systems and, hopefully, entrusting our journalists with writing copy that will inspire people and organizations to be their best.
EPMC Mission: To make a positive difference
in the health and wellbeing of all we serve.
EPMC Vision: To achieve a culture of clinical and service excellence through patient-centered care.
TrailGazette, do your own right thing to honor the Trail Gazette’s code of journalism ethics - truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability. The current leaders at EPMC will never give you a truthful story. Sociopaths rarely do.
Just say NO to EPMC

Fort Worth, TX

#53 Jul 20, 2013
We encourage the TrailGazette to take very seriously the events at EstesParkMedicalCenter.

Worked at EPMC a number of years. These posts ring true. Every member of EPMC SeniorLeadership Team, including the CEO, the I-never-made-an-investment-I-d idn’t-make-a-profit-on CFO, Director of Nursing, Human Resources Director, deserve at least one of the labels: sociopath, psychopath, master manipulator, easily manipulated, redneck chicken-shit, wannabe big fish, bully.

Hallmark of a sociopath/psychopath is “without conscience ”.BadWolf aka sociopath/psychopath. Bullying is the mgmt style for many EPMC supervisors/mgrs/directors. Nurses took huge hit.

We want honest EPMC communication, honest EPMC management,honest EPMC billing,honesty with random drug testing of every employee. We want to trust that EPMC cares about upholding an ethical business and healthcare model.

I was wrongfully terminated by Bully supervisor. Blessing in disguise. Chose to fire instead of lay off. Annual budget crunch. But if you ask the CFO, she will stroke for half a day telling you what great investments she makes. Is she gone yet?

If I – or a family member or visiting friend - do need a hospital, we will take ambulance down to the valley. Not EPMC. If I die on the ride, so be it. I need to feel safe in a healthcare facility.

Choice is a patient right! Because EPMC is convenient does not mean that we must choose EPMC over a hospital in the valley. I choose to use a healthcare system with strong business ethics, who says NO to bullying, who practices good business ethics, as well as sound healthcare and mental health principles. It’s not ok to compromise my patient rights or my right to choose who lays their hands on me. I say who can suck double-and-triple-dipped funds from my insurance. Double-check your bills. You’d be surprised who in our community will not choose EPMC.

Choose: Just say’ No’ to EPMC.

Until EPMC decides to have a conscience and begins to practice their Mission and Vision statements. Until they decide that they will hire a conscionable mgmt staff in all depts. Until they Just Say ‘No” to unconscionable behavior in any form. Until they disband all of the current Senior Leadership Team or SLT and replace them with qualified business/healthcare leaders.

Come on, people. This is actually easy to do. Just do it!

Surely BobbiSwenson verified a pharmacist’s code of ethics before firing Dana? One would think a CEO would consult an attorney or qualified PR expert – certainly NOT Kerrie Blair Hill!- BEFORE barfing to the Trail Gazette. The statements she made were legally and ethically inappropriate, ludicrous, and have made EPMC seriously vulnerable to legal recourse in many areas. Off with their heads….

Trail Gazette, you are not serving a community when you allow your newspaper to be manipulated by an unscrupulous CEO et al. Oh, she knew what she was doing! Will future updates actually contain truth that serves our community? Can you write without blame, exposing the truth and encourage a resolution for EPMC? Can you ask Bobbi or her replacement for the real story the next time? Maybe she’ll put her big girl panties on next time. Given a choice, the more ethical thing for the Trail to do may be to do nothing. Bottom line: we have a history of trusting our healthcare systems and, hopefully, entrusting our journalists with writing copy that will inspire people and organizations to be their best.

EPMC Mission: To make a positive difference
in the health and wellbeing of all we serve.

EPMC Vision: To achieve a culture of clinical and service excellence through patient-centered care.

TrailGazette, do your own right thing to honor the Trail Gazette’s code of journalism ethics - truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability. The current leaders at EPMC will never give you a truthful story. Sociopaths rarely do.
Glad to hear

Denver, CO

#55 Jul 24, 2013
..there's a writer poking around for the story at EPMC. Sounds like there have been a few screw-ups lately that are newsworthy, but it's just what we've been saying all along. Concentrate on what's inside- THE CARE, not the package. The Care has been overlooked for years in the hospital despite all of the quality caregivers that are trying their hardest. Shame on the management. Anxious to read about the inside story!
Doctor Andy S RPh

Charlotte, NC

#56 Dec 15, 2013
I know I'm chimming in rather late here BUT, Title 21 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations states the following exactly:
"The registrant shall notify the Field Division Office of the Administration in his area, in writing, of the theft or significant loss of any controlled substances within one business day of discovery of such loss or theft. The registrant shall also complete, and submit to the Field Division Office in his area, DEA Form 106 regarding the loss or theft."
So, Estes Park Medical Center has 24 hours from the time the theft/loss is discovered to report the event to the DEA. Estes Park Medical Center does NOT have however long the administration of Estes Park Medical Center thinks it should have to investigate the affair before they report the event. You report the theft/loss within 24 hours then investigate. That's Federal Law.
If Dana Hessel ignores this or any Federal Regulation then he is guilty of unprofessional conduct according to Colorado State Law. As such, he is correct to have reported the affair to the DEA and the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy.
EP Resident too

Ault, CO

#57 Dec 29, 2013
Anon wrote:
Did anyone see the Dilbert cartoon in Sunday's ..Denver Post.. paper (June 16th)? I really think that's how they have been hiring administration both at EPMC and PPLC! I'm also well aware of some of the sad realities.
When I worked there I often saw the similarities with Dilbert cartoons.
EP Resident too

Ault, CO

#58 Dec 29, 2013
Doctor Andy S RPh wrote:
I know I'm chimming in rather late here BUT, Title 21 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations states the following exactly:
"The registrant shall notify the Field Division Office of the Administration in his area, in writing, of the theft or significant loss of any controlled substances within one business day of discovery of such loss or theft. The registrant shall also complete, and submit to the Field Division Office in his area, DEA Form 106 regarding the loss or theft."
So, Estes Park Medical Center has 24 hours from the time the theft/loss is discovered to report the event to the DEA. Estes Park Medical Center does NOT have however long the administration of Estes Park Medical Center thinks it should have to investigate the affair before they report the event. You report the theft/loss within 24 hours then investigate. That's Federal Law.
If Dana Hessel ignores this or any Federal Regulation then he is guilty of unprofessional conduct according to Colorado State Law. As such, he is correct to have reported the affair to the DEA and the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy.
Any facility that fires an employee for reporting - which is part of their professional duty to report- needs to be reported and those accountable need to face serious consequences. I hope that any employee with knowledge of this situation comes forward to their appropriate board - be it pharmacy, physician, nursing, or administration via the State of Colorado. This needs to be corrected and the matter closed. Patient protection is the number one responsibility of caregivers.

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