Rochester, New York – May 8, 2013. Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature today called on Monroe Community Hospital Director Todd Spring to resign his position as a result of serious concerns raised in a Department of Health investigation. Spring has been accused of mistreating a hospital patient and creating an environment where employees do not feel they are free to report potential abuse or misconduct. Democrats are also repeating their demands that the Monroe Community Hospital oversight board be established in compliance with the law.
“The conduct detailed in the state report is extremely serious and we cannot allow patients or employees of Monroe Community Hospital to be placed in these situations,” Legislator Justin Wilcox (D-Brighton) said. “We must take every prudent action to protect these folks, and for that reason I am calling on Todd Spring to resign his position at the hospital. We need to be able to move forward in a positive direction and I do not see how that is possible with Mr. Spring as Director.”
Democrats have expressed serious concerns about the lack of an oversight board that is required by law but does not exist. According to the County Charter (section C6-17(C)), the President of the Legislature is responsible for appointing the 21 member board. The board does not exist. Among other things, the board is responsible for advising and consulting with the County Executive, Medical Director and Hospital Administrator “in all matters relating to the operation, staffing and management of the Monroe Community Hospital.”
“This board needs to be established immediately so that our Community Hospital can operate in compliance with the law,” Assistant Democratic Leader Cynthia Kaleh (D-Rochester) said. “We need to act to restore faith in this extremely valuable institution before more damage is done. In order to move forward, it is clear that Mr. Spring needs to resign.”