Complaint filed against Bath Community Hospital and it’s Board of Directors

A complaint has been filed against Bath Community Hospital and it’s board of directors. Dr. James Redington filed the complaint in Bath County Circuit Court and it lists defendants as Bath Community Hospital, hospital CEO Jason Paret and hospital board members David Troast and Sarah McWilliams.

Dr. Redington worked with Bath Community Hospital for twenty six years.  He left work at the hospital in late August when his contract was not renewed.   Following his departure four other doctors submitted resignations. The complaint says Dr. Redington’s contract was not renewed when he refused a retirement agreement that was offered to him.

According to articles published in The Recorder and The Virginian Review, Dr. Redington is seeking damages for defamation and is seeking restoration of his rights and privileges as a board member of the hospital.

The complaint says that when Bath Community Hospital was found in violation of state and federal policies on two occasions, the hospital, Troast, and Paret made it appear that Dr. Redington was the cause of the incidents.

And when new policies were put into place that Dr. Redington objected to, because he felt they violated state and federal law, the complaint says that the hospital, Paret and Troast worked to discredit him.  That new policy mandated that psychiatric patients be transported by ambulance to other facilities and since the hospital has a financial interest in the ambulance service, the hospital would benefit financially from the transports.

According to the newspaper articles, the complaint also says that Dr. Redington was excluded from board meetings, which was a violation of Virginia law and hospital bylaws.  And that Paret held unauthorized individual discussions with board members.  It also alleges that Dr. Redington has not been removed from his position on the board of directors in accordance with Virginia law.

The complaint seeks damages in excess of sixteen million dollars.  The defendants have until November 20th to respond.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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