Human resources violations, not drug or patient safety issues, were behind the firing this week of 12 nurses at MultiCare’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, the health system told The News Tribune.
“The terminations were related to violations of Human Resources policy,” Marce Edwards, MultiCare spokeswoman, said in an emailed response to questions Wednesday.
The offenses “were not related to patient care, patient safety, medication or patient confidentiality in any way,” she said, later adding they did not stem from a criminal matter.
Edwards would not specify where in the hospital the nurses worked.
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She also would not comment on whether complaints had been filed with the health system by other co-workers against those terminated, or whether any of those terminated had been previously suspended or had any previous offenses at the hospital or within MultiCare.
“Because of HR policy and employee privacy, we can’t answer these questions,” Edwards responded.
Patient care has continued at the hospital without the need for transfers, according to Edwards.
While “the number of staff required varies based on the patients currently in the facility,” she said, “we have all shifts at Good Samaritan covered with qualified nurses to care for our patients. No patients have been transferred.”
On Tuesday, MultiCare said 12 Good Samaritan employees “were released from employment this week following an investigation by hospital administration.”
No other details were given.