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Tue Jan 1, 2019, 11:47 AM

PA Hospital didn't properly report, investigate patients' sexual abuse claims, state says

Lancaster General Hospital has been cited by the Pennsylvania Department of Health for failures to report and adequately investigate complaints of two patients who said they were touched in a sexual way by a hospital employee.

The health department began an investigation after one of the victims apparently went to police, who subsequently arrested Shawn Moyer, 30, a pulmonary therapist at the hospital, on Nov. 8. Moyer was charged with offenses including abuse of a care dependent person, indecent assault and indecent exposure and invasion or privacy.

The alleged assault involving Moyer took place on Sept. 12, when a male patient awoke to find a hospital employee touching his genitals while the employee also touched his own exposed genitals. The patient reported the incident to the hospital, which opened an investigation, but failed to follow the law and its own policies in fully investigating and notifying the appropriate outside agencies, according to the health department.

The health department investigation that began after the arrest of Moyer turned up more reports of patient abuse that werenít adequately investigated or reported, the department said. On July 18, 2017, a patient reported to the hospital that an employee fondled the patientís genitals for 5 to 10 minutes while applying medication to a rash.

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