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Medical Center officials debate alcohol at hospital policies

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Responding to a letter to editor in the Pilot-Tribune, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center's trustees wound up their meeting Monday night at BVRMC by addressing the issue of alcohol consumption on the campus.

The letter, written by Donald Parrish of Sioux Rapids, claims that the CEO of the medical center violated the public's trust and hospital policy by serving and consuming alcoholic beverages on the premises of the hospital.

At issue are an employee Christmas function and a recent "Wine and Roses" event held in the medical center buildings, with alcohol served.

Parrish claims this was a "clear violation of hospital policy," and said it violates the public's trust that a hospital be safe as a sanctuary free of alcohol especially since it is in the business of caring for many whose lives are severely impacted due to alcohol related accidents, assaults etc."

Todd Hudspeth, chief executive officer of the BVRMC, told the board that it was not the hospital's policy to "not allow alcohol on the campus."

"The policy that is written is in the employee handbook and specifically targets employees coming to work after using alcohol or drugs," Hudspeth said. "Or using them while working at BVRMC. There is no policy governing the use of alcohol at functions such as parties... This was not a substance abuse problem."

The trustees agreed, but some felt there is a problem with alcohol being consumed at such a facility, and the board held discussion toward setting a policy on consumption of alcohol on the campus. The ideas put forth ranged from total abstinence to moving BVRMC functions where alcohol is served off campus to having the trustees determine ahead of time when it would be suitable for alcoholic beverages to be served at the hospital.

Since the subject was not on the evening's agenda, the board could not act on it until its next meeting.

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