Pre-trial conference scheduled between Murray County Medical Center, Dan Woldt; documents filed

SLAYTON – An initial pre-trial conference has been scheduled between the Murray County Medical Center and Physician’s Assistant Daniel Woldt, according to documents filed in the District of Minnesota Federal Court.

In May, Woldt filed a lawsuit against the medical center, alleging he had been put on administrative leave and maligned by CEO Meldon Snow after reporting instances of what he considered Medicare fraud. In the lawsuit, Woldt states Snow was combative toward him and maligned his name, creating an intolerable work environment for Woldt.

The medical center filed an answer to the accusations earlier this month, and attorneys for the center added a statement, claiming Woldt’s allegations were untrue. The statement accuses Woldt of attempting to damage the reputation of medical personnel serving the people of Murray County, and admonishes him of improperly raising the issue of physicians’ immigration status. It is unfortunate, the document states, that Woldt has chosen to use the legal process to air what is essentially a job performance issue and then use his legal filing to make false allegations about the doctors who serve Murray County. The lawsuit seems to be less of a legal filing, the statements claims, and more as a way to enflame the public against the hospital, Snow and the physicians were serve there.

Complete statement by Attorneys Laura J. McKnight and Gregory P. Bulinksi in regard to answer to Daniel Woldt vs. Murray County Medical Center:

The Murray County Medical Center filed its response to former MCMC Physician’s Assistant Daniel Woldt’s lawsuit in Federal District Court on Monday, July 1. In the response, the hospital and its administrators deny any alleged wrongdoing. The response also identifies a number of items in the lawsuit that have no legal bearing and appear to be included for the sole purpose of attempting to damage the reputation of medical personnel serving the people of Murray County.

The Murray County Medical Center and its administrators have always acted within the law and within their authority in all of their dealings with the Plaintiff. He does not have any legal basis for the lawsuit. Furthermore, the lawsuit appears to be designed less as a legal filing and more as a way to enflame the public against the hospital, its CEO, and the physician’s who serve there.

The Plaintiff makes allegations against physicians serving at Murray County Medical Center that are entirely untrue and not relevant to his legal case. Perhaps most disturbing, the lawsuit improperly raises issues of the physicians’ immigration status that do not have any bearing on the legal claims in the lawsuit but only promote discrimination. The fact is that all of the physicians serving the residents of Murray County are authorized to live and practice medicine in Minnesota and their immigration status has no bearing on this case. It is unfortunate that the Plaintiff has chosen to use the legal process to air what is essentially a job performance issue and then use his legal filing to make false allegations about the doctors who serve the people of Murray County.

The legal process will bring out the truth and show that the allegations are false. The Murray County Medical Center has earned national recognition in recent years because of the quality of care its staff provides to its patients. We will vigorously defend that well-earned reputation in federal court. Our dedicated and professional employees deserve no less. They will continue to provide the people of Murray County with the best health services delivered by the best healthcare providers in the region. NOTE: See below for the official court document


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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