Zwerdling details Cawthorn’s painful story. He also interviews Mission CEO Ron Paulus, who says that as soon as he learned about the cases of injured workers after he took over in 2010, he installed new training programs and hired a consultant to analyze how hospital officials have handled workers’ compensation cases since he took over. “Paulus says that Mission got a glowing report,” Zwerdling reports, adding that Paulus declined to provide a copy of the report to him.
Zwerdling reports that Paulus also told him Mission had spent money to buy machines that move and lift patients. Zwerdling continues:
Five nurses and other medical employees who still work with Mission, or worked there long after he took over, say that perhaps Paulus has changed the message “at the top.” But they haven’t seen much sign of change taking place at the hospital.
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