- Associated Press - Monday, March 26, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire attorney general’s office says a hospital has agreed to pay $40,000 for knowingly hiring a chief nursing officer who didn’t have a license in the state.

The office says Lakes Region General Hospital hired Patricia Strohla, of Brownsville, Vermont, in 2016. The office says the hospital improperly modified her job description to allow her a one-year grace period to obtain her license.

In June 2017, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services cited the hospital for hiring Strohla. The hospital reassigned her to interim vice president of operations. Strohla never obtained her New Hampshire nursing license, and is no longer affiliated with the hospital.

In an agreement with the state, the hospital will verify that all of its nursing employees have an active license. Strohla won’t seek a license for two years.

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