Borough advised to audit Soldotna hospital

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009

KENAI - Kenai Peninsula Borough has been asked to conduct an operational audit of a Soldotna hospital where a fatal shooting occurred last year.

Part of the audit unanimously recommended by the Central Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board would include an investigation into the November shooting carried out by a former employee the day after his firing. Joseph Marchetti, 47, shot two former supervisors, one fatally, and killed himself after he was wounded by officers.

This was the second time in as many months that the board considered the issue. At its September meeting the motion was defeated. Board member Norm Olson requested the reconsideration, saying he was concerned with the hospital's operation and management.

Board chair Neal DuPerron plans to deliver a letter with the recommendation to the borough mayor on Friday.

The decision to seek an audit followed a sometimes emotional meeting in which all 16 people who spoke wanted an investigation. The Peninsula Clarion newspaper reported that most described themselves as either current or former Central Peninsula Hospital employees, and some raised allegations of abuse, sexual harassment, unfair labor practices and management misconduct.

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