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Bingham Memorial Hospital Board of Directors Files Notice of Tort Claim.

Names County Commissioner Ladd Carter and County Planning and Zoning Commissioner Lee Hammett

BLACKFOOT, Idaho -- Bingham Memorial Hospital today announced the filing of a Notice of Tort claim, against County Commissioner Ladd Carter and Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Lee Hammett. At a press conference this afternoon, Dr. Clark Allen, speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, issued the following statement.

"The Bingham Memorial Hospital Board of Directors takes allegations that have been brought to our attention through the media very seriously. In the course of studying these allegations, we have discovered publicly available documentation that appears to show a concerted effort by several individuals acting against this hospital and have now filed a Notice of Tort claim."

Bingham Memorial Hospital has been in the midst of a firestorm of negative media attention for the past several weeks. After looking into claims, the Board of Directors was made aware of and is concerned about documentation that appears to show that there is a group of people with a stated, documented objective to have six members of the administrative team removed. Action items assigned to attending individuals appear to have been orchestrated to execute those objectives, including assignments made to attending members of the media.

Dr. Allen commented further, "The Board is very concerned that no allegations have been brought directly to us; no one has used the ethics hotline or spoken with our human resources department. No one has directly contacted management or the board of directors. Rather, these allegations appear to come from a targeted effort with cooperation from some media. Further, it appears some individuals making allegations have been pressured into participation."

The board believes these circumstances necessitated the initiation of legal action. The Notice of Tort claim was filed today and can be found in its entirety with the Bingham County Clerk.

About Bingham Memorial Hospital

Bingham Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)3 non-profit critical access hospital located in Blackfoot, Idaho. Bingham Memorial Hospital is committed to the pursuit of excellence in our endeavor to provide a continuum of quality, compassionate, healthcare services for our residents and for visitors to Bingham County, in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.
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Date:Jun 11, 2012
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