CEO's statement regarding Houston County District Attorney's Press Conference

September 7, 2010

On Tuesday, September 7, 2010, the Houston County District Attorney's office held a press conference announcing a Houston County Grand Jury's indictment of former Perry Hospital employee Rachael Michelle Rapraeger for entering negative mammography results without a physician's review.  According to the District Attorney's office, the former radiology tech acted alone, and now faces 10 counts of reckless conduct and 10 counts of computer fraud.  Perry Hospital has completed its own internal review of the Radiology Department and also concluded that Ms. Rapraeger acted alone.  Perry Hospital supports the District Attorney's decision to proceed with a criminal indictment.

Perry Hospital is thoroughly cooperating with the Perry Police Department and the Houston County District Attorney in identifying all patients who were potentially impacted by Ms. Rapraeger's actions.  Although our initial estimate was that approximately 900 patients were impacted, after a complete and thorough investigation concluded that an additional 389 patients could have been affected by her actions.  We have taken steps to locate and notify each of these patients. 

We at Perry Hospital and Houston Healthcare sincerely regret the actions of Ms. Rapraeger and the consequences such actions have brought by her unauthorized and inexplicable acts; however, due to patient confidentiality and the ongoing criminal investigation, we cannot publicly address specific patients.  We are working to communicate with all impacted patients.  The Hospital's commitment to patient care remains its primary focus, and we will continue to work to address any concerns patients may have.   If a patient has a concern, please call 478-975-6500.  

Our mission and commitment to the people of Houston County and the surrounding area remains the same - improving the healthcare of the communities we serve by providing patient-focused, high quality, cost-effective services while promoting health and wellness. We continue to be dedicated to providing the same quality of care the community has become accustomed to over the last 50 years. 

Cary Martin
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Houston Healthcare System, Inc.