Med tech fired after allegedly sexually assaulting patient at Missouri hospital

Local police and state health officials are investigating a reported sexual assault on a patient at Truman Medical Centers' Lakewood Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., according to The Kansas City Star.

The report was filed after a nurse at the hospital walked into a patient room on July 28 and allegedly observed a male medical care technician having inappropriate contact with a long-term care resident. TMC subsequently fired the technician and banned him from the hospital campus.

"Truman Medical Centers' number one priority is patient safety," said TMC spokeswoman Leslie Carto in a statement emailed to Becker's Hospital Review. "The organization has zero tolerance for any employee putting those in our care in harm's way. We won't rest until all investigations are complete, and the resident's family has the answers it deserves about this incident."

Ms. Carto also said TMC is working closely with investigators from both the Kansas City Police Department and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

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