Hospital confirms results were faked
The employee in question is still facing criminal charges, but Perry (GA) Hospital has confirmed that a technician faked mammogram results.
After the indictment, Cary Martin, interim chief executive officer for Houston Healthcare System, Inc., the parent company of the hospital, issued a statement confirming the fraud. On the day of the indictment, Martin's statement noted that the district attorney concluded that former Perry Hospital employee Rachael Michelle Rapraeger acted alone.
"Perry Hospital has completed its own internal review of the radiology department and also concluded that Ms. Rapraeger acted alone," Martin said. "Perry Hospital supports the district attorney's decision to proceed with a criminal indictment."
Martin said Perry Hospital is thoroughly cooperating with the Perry police department and the Houston County district attorney in identifying all patients who were potentially impacted by Rapraeger's alleged actions.
"Although our initial estimate was that approximately 900 patients were impacted, after a complete and thorough investigation, we concluded that an additional 389 patients could have been affected by her actions. We have taken steps to locate and notify each of these patients," Martin said. "We at Perry Hospital and Houston Healthcare sincerely regret the actions of Ms. Rapraeger and the consequences such actions have brought by her unauthorized and inexplicable acts; however, due to patient confidentiality and the ongoing criminal investigation, we cannot publicly address specific patients. We are working to communicate with all impacted patients. The Hospital's commitment to patient care remains its primary focus, and we will continue to work to address any concerns patients may have."
The hospital provided a hotline number for patients to call if they were concerned that their mammogram results were involved.