A staggering story of misplaced trust and ethics.
The lead radiological technologist at Perry Hospital in Perry, a small community about 100 miles south of Atlanta, had for about 18 months been signing off on mammograms and spitting out reports showing nearly 1,300 women were clear of any signs of breast cancer or abnormalities.
Except that she was wrong. Holmes and nine other women were later shown to have lumps or cancerous tumors growing inside them.
The tech, Rachael Rapraeger, pleaded guilty earlier this month to 10 misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct and one felony charge of computer forgery. She was sentenced to serve up to six months in a detention center, to serve 10 years on probation during which she can’t work in the health care field and to pay a $12,500 fine.
She told police she was overwhelmed and stopped caring about her job. Assuming the ID of physicians and making for less paperwork, she gave each patient a clear reading. The hospital investigated when others brought up issues with mistaken scans. These women who had to undergo treatment are bitter about the slap on the wrist sentence for the tech. She knew what she was doing was wrong but didn’t realize the extent of it until confronted by the real diagnoses.
This appears like a lack of oversight as well. But there is no mention of the hospital being liable for not supervising the work.