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Murray County Medical Center under fire

SLAYTON — The Murray County Medical Board was confronted by upset citizens Tuesday during its regular board of directors meeting.

Murray County residents came to demand answers about physician’s assistant Dan Woldt’s lawsuit against the medical center and to question CEO Meldon Snow about a string of recent resignations of medical personnel.

The lawsuit filed by Woldt in May 2013 alleges he was put on administrative leave and maligned by Snow after reporting instances of what he considered Medicare fraud. Woldt is seeking damages up to $75,000.

The lawsuit has had little movement in months.

Board chairman Robert Moline started the meeting by saying the board would not take any questions or comments from the public on this matter.

“We are under legal representation and not allowed to answer,” Moline said. “We hear you. We understand that you are hearing all kinds of information about the hospital’s financial status and working conditions. We understand the community is not getting the full story on why Woldt is no longer practicing at the hospital, and why others are choosing to leave.”

Within the last month, two emergency medical technicians, a licensed practical nurse and a certified nursing practitioner have left Murray County Medical Center.

Moline added that there will be an informational meeting in March to answer the public’s questions.

“We will have expert resource people available at the meeting,” Moline said. “We’re going to let this meeting go on as long as it needs to answer any questions the public has.”

An exact date for the March meeting has not been set yet.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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