- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Shelby doctor is fighting the hospital board’s decision to revoke his privileges due to frequent bullying of staff members.

Dr. Robert Clary filed a complaint in District Court on Jan. 16 alleging Marias Medical Center violated its own bylaws during its investigation of the allegations, The Great Falls Tribune (https://gftrib.com/1dvOtvf) reported Wednesday. He argued he was not given the opportunity to request a hearing or appeal the decision.

Clary is seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting the Shelby hospital from changing his hospital privileges, which were revoked Jan. 15 after board members heard complaints about the way Clary treated hospital staff. A hearing is set for Friday in Shelby.

A letter from hospital CEO Mark Cross to chief of staff Dr. Melanie Hardy was included in Clary’s complaint, giving the first specific information about the complaints against Clary.

It cited a vulgarity-laced disruption in the operating room on Dec. 2 that forced the cancellation of dental surgery because Clary refused to wait 30 minutes to perform an elective cesarean section.



All dental cases had to be rescheduled for Dec. 18. According to Cross‘ letter, “Clary stated that ‘(expletive) dentist will work around my schedule, and it’s all a bunch of fraud anyway.’”

Twice on Dec. 11, Clary berated other staff at the hospital, telling an employee who was helping him with electronic medical records that if she didn’t get it fixed, he would kill her, the letter said. When the employee asked co-workers if they heard his statement, Clary responded: “I will just make your life more miserable than it is now.”

That same day, Clary allegedly questioned operating room staff about dental cases being scheduled and questioned the abilities of an operating room technician.

The letter also argues Clary violated hospital confidentiality rules when he told Shelby radio station KSEN that an operating room technician got less than 1 in 10 instruments correct and said he complained to Cross that a former doctor’s lack of obstetric abilities resulted in a tragic situation.

Cross said he doesn’t question Clary’s right to raise the issues to fellow members of the medical staff or administration, but does question whether it should have been shared with the media.

Cross and Clary’s attorney, William Hunt Jr., declined to comment on the allegations. They also said Clary has strong support among patients and hospital staff.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, https://www.greatfallstribune.com

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