Ex-administrator claims hospital's public firing made him 'unemployable'

Lebanon, N.H.-based Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital disputes claims that it made a former administrator unemployable by publicly disclosing the reasons for his termination, according to the local news outlet Valley News.

The lawsuit was filed by Timothy Martin, the former administrator of The Woodlands, the hospital's on-campus senior living facility. The suit names APD, its CEO Sue Mooney, MD, and its affiliate Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, also based in Lebanon. Mr. Martin seeks a jury trial and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages based on allegations the hospital maliciously fired him and published information about his termination, according to the report.

The lawsuit alleges the way the hospital handled Mr. Martin's termination rendered him "unemployable in his field during his sixties, when he is at the top of his earning power, all due to Google Death that would never have happened if Susan Mooney had not been intentionally cruel and vindictive by spreading a private matter of no public concern far and wide," Valley News reports.

APD confirmed Mr. Martin was terminated by the hospital for "unprofessional conduct," and this information was provided to residents of The Woodlands. However, APD says Ms. Mooney did not distribute the information beyond those affected by Mr. Martin's dismissal. The Valley News published a story about the firing after obtaining Ms. Mooney's memo, and another about complaints made against Mr. Martin, according to the report.

The hospital denies allegations of invasion of public privacy, invasion of privacy by intrusion, defamation, breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to the report. Dartmouth-Hitchcock asks to be dismissed from the lawsuit because it was not involved in Mr. Martin's termination, according to the report.

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