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Metro Health Victorious in Year-Long Litigation Against Former Employee

Laura Staskiewicz, a former employee, has agreed to a $1 million judgment in favor of Metro Health Hospital. The Kent County Circuit Court approved this judgment against her.

In April 2015, Staskiewicz filed a lawsuit accusing Metro Health and President and CEO Michael Faas of illegal and unethical conduct in connection with the potential sale of Metro Health to an out-of-state for-profit company.

Metro Health defended itself and Faas aggressively, and Staskiewicz eventually gave up and voluntarily dismissed all of her allegations against the organization and Faas. Metro Health did not pay any money to Staskiewicz to give up her claims.

Metro Health countersued Staskiewicz for damages caused by her release of confidential and misleading information about the organization. Staskiewicz admitted her misconduct and agreed to the $1 million judgment against her in favor of Metro Health.

“I am pleased that the truth in these matters has been revealed,” said Faas. “We are focused on the future and growing Metro Health. Serving patients has always been and will always be our top priority.

I would like to thank our Board, leadership team and the many employees who invested a great deal of time and energy to defend Metro against these claims. Aggressively defending ourselves was not the easy thing to do, but it certainly was the right thing to do. Our reputation in the West Michigan community is critical to our mission of improving the health and well-being of our patients,” continued Faas.

The Staskiewicz judgment is the second seven-figure judgment awarded to Metro Health against former employees in the last several years. Both million dollar judgments awarded Metro Health damages incurred in defending itself from false claims.

“This is beyond a complete and total vindication, it’s also an indication of how we will defend the integrity of Metro from frivolous, vicious and unfounded attacks,” said Doyle Hayes, chairman of the Metro Health board of directors. “We cannot tolerate baseless claims that take away focus from our mission of improving the health of our community. Senseless attacks against the organization are attacks against the entire community.”

About Metro Health
An award-winning leader in community healthcare, Metro Health serves more than 250,000 patients annually from across West Michigan – and beyond. In addition to its 208-bed hospital, which provides a comprehensive suite of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, Metro Health has a growing number of neighborhood outpatient centers and offices throughout West Michigan, as well as a community clinic for the underserved and student health clinics at Grand Valley State University and Aquinas College. With more than 500 physicians on staff, Metro Health provides a growing number of specialty health services, including cancer treatment, heart and vascular, neurology, pulmonology and others. Many are members of the Metro Health Medical Group. The hospital is committed to promoting health and wellness through the work of the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, Live Healthy community outreach classes and educational programs and more. Visit us at www.metrohealth.net, follow us on Twitter @MetroHealthGr and like us on Facebook/MetroHealth.

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