Surgeon Files ADA Suit Against Hospital
Dr. Paul A. Wojewski, a talented but troubled Rapid City heart surgeon, has sued Rapid City Regional Hospital under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The doctor, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, alleges that the hospital failed to provide reasonable accommodations for his mental illness. It also alleges that the hospital did not follow its own policy on dealing with impaired physicians.
Specifically, the suit claims that in the summer of 2003, top hospital officials ignored obvious signs of Wojewski's worsening mental condition and allowed him to continue performing surgery. Then, after a manic episode occurred during a surgical procedure on Aug. 19, Wojewski was removed by hospital security, and his privileges were suspended indefinitely.
This looks like an uphill battle.