Nursing Notes

March 22, 2011

Hospital chief pleads guilty in case over firing of Texas nurses

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Here is the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the Winkler County nurses, Anne Mitchell and Vickilyn Galle.

If I recall, the doctor involved was fined and reprimanded by the medical board.  The sheriff and county attorney are also up for prosecution.

Please read the following article from Modern Healthcare and feel free to leave them a comment, or come back here and leave me a comment.


By Paul Barr

Posted: March 21, 2011 – 5:45 pm ET

Stan Wiley, former hospital administrator of Winkler County Memorial Hospital, Kermit Texas, pleaded guilty to abuse of official capacity for his role in the firing of two nurses who had complained about a doctor to the Texas Medical Board, according to the Texas attorney general’s office.

Wiley was sentenced to 30 days in the Winkler County Jail by visiting Judge Robert H. Moore III as part of a plea deal in which he has agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of three other defendants, according to a news release from the attorney general’s office, which is prosecuting the case because the Winkler County District Attorney recused himself from the proceedings.

Also being prosecuted are former Winkler County Memorial Hospital physician Dr. Rolando Arafiles, Winkler County Sheriff Robert Roberts and Winkler County Attorney Scott Tidwell. Arafiles recently was fined $5,000, publicly reprimanded and required to undergo training and oversight by the state medical board .

Wiley, Arafiles, Roberts and Tidwell were indicted in January for allegedly retaliating against two nurses who had reported Arafiles to the state medical board in 2009 for actions they believed were endangering hospital patients.

The two nurses, Anne Mitchell and Vickilyn Galle, settled with Winkler County for $750,000 in August, according to their attorneys.

Read more at:  Modern Healthcare

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  1. This has been going on for years. Hospitals/Healcare facilities are loyal, not to care givers or patients, but to physicians who admit patients and bring in $$$.

    Comment by Art Peterson — March 22, 2011 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

  2. Winkler County Sheriff Robert Roberts Winkler County Attorney Scott Tidwell former Memorial Hospital Administrator Stan Wiley and Doctor Rolando Arafiles..John ReedJanuary 14 2011 16 14 19.One may say and be somewhat correct that the Other Shoe has fallen in regards to Winkler Countys medical community fiasco that began in 2009. The first being of course the not-guilty verdict in the Anne Mitchell criminal proceedings and the settlement of the civil actions against Winkler County Et Al by Mitchell and Galle. These actions put in motion further scrutiny by the Texas Medical Board TMB and the Texas Attorney General TAG ..These indictments allow Winkler County and more importantly Our Medical Community to proceed in earnest with the healing process…

    Comment by offshore corporations — March 24, 2011 @ 7:53 am | Reply

  3. I still like the old way, where we had the right to know who was bearing witness against us; that still doesn’t seem like such a bad thing. It just doesn’t seem right to potentially end a person’s career and not have the courage to stand up and say who you are. Afterall, as these two nurses showed, they got whistleblower protection and a dandy monetary settlement. Ask yourself as a nurse or non-physician how you might feel if you were told that an anonymous person was accusing you of endangering the lives of patients?

    Comment by Alan — May 5, 2011 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

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