Former Exeter Hospital nurse has sued hospital saying she was wrongfully terminated
EXETER, N.H. (AP) - A former Exeter Hospital nurse and roommate of a technician accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C has sued the hospital, saying she was wrongfully terminated.
Kerry Descoteau lived with David Kwiatkowski and worked with him at the cardiac catheterization laboratory.
In her lawsuit, filed last month in Rockingham Superior Court, Descoteau said she was questioned about her connection to Kwiatkowski and about a drug used during procedures. She was placed on administrative leave.
The suit says the state nursing board investigated and dismissed the complaint, but then the hospital fired her a week later, saying she “may have contributed” to the hepatitis C outbreak.
The Portsmouth Herald reports a lawyer for Exeter Hospital denies that it wrongfully terminated Descoteau.
Kwiatkowski faces trial in January.
Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com