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AG takes BMH case

June 23, 2012

The Idaho Attorney General's office received authority to take over a criminal investigation of Bingham Memorial Hospital on Friday.
"We will conduct a thorough and deliberate investigation," said Robert Cooper, Director of Constituent Information & Communication with the Attorney General's office.
"I understand there is a great deal of interest in Blackfoot about this investigation in Blackfoot," he said. "There is no target date.
"We expect this investigation will take weeks and months rather than a few days," Cooper said.
Allegations came to light after former and current employees were interviewed saying they were told to hide drugs in cars during an audit because the hospital lacked secure storage cabinets.
Hospital officials addressed the issue in a news release on June 14. The news release read in part, "In 2007, the hospital converted its governance from a county- owned and operated facility to a privately operated 501(c)3 non-profit organization," said Dr. Clark Allen, Chief of Staff, who was speaking on behalf of the board of directors.
"When allegations were first brought against the hospital, the board took appropriate action, initiating a review which has been ongoing ever since."
Holland & Hart, a law firm from Boise, has been carrying out this review since the end of May.

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