Former Clinic Owner Charged with Mishandling Sex Abuse Allegations
August 8, 2014 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
The founder and former owner of a Massachusetts fertility clinic is being accused by state regulators of failing to properly report allegations of sexual abuse committed by one of the clinic's doctors 15 years ago, states a July 24, 2014, Boston Globe article. The charges against the founder, who sold the clinic in 2003, are described in a "statement of allegations" approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine on July 9, 2014. In the statement, the board alleges that when two employees informed him that they saw one of the facility's reproductive endocrinologists put his hand on a patient's breast and rub her nipple as she was waking from anesthesia, instead of informing the board as required by law, the founder sent the two employees to speak with the clinic's manager, who warned them to keep quiet about it or they would be labeled "disgruntled workers." Later, when a nurse supervisor approached him about the incident, he allegedly responded only by saying that the endocrinologist "was a good doctor."