Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Whistleblower Got Justice For Soldiers and Herself

Army settles Womack whistleblower case with former employee
FayObserver
By Amanda Dolasinski Staff writer
October 27, 2015
"The Army should have focused on correcting the problems she identified, rather than retaliating against her," Lerner said in a news release. "However, in the end, the Army did the right thing by settling her claim. Ms. Gilbert's case underscores why whistleblower protections are vital."
An infection preventionist for Womack Army Medical Center who claimed the hospital retaliated against her after she went to a higher authority to report serious infection control issues has received a favorable settlement, according to a decision from federal officials.

The Army has settled a claim of reprisal with Teresa Gilbert, a former civilian employee at the hospital, after more than a year of legal wrangling. Gilbert will receive a monetary settlement and all negative information about her employment records will be removed, according to the Office of Special Counsel, which mediated the case.

A spokeswoman for Womack confirmed the settlement was signed last month.

"There has been no finding or admission of wrongdoing by either Womack Army Medical Center or any personnel," according to a statement from Womack. "Army Medicine takes seriously all concerns regarding patient safety, and the issues raised were thoroughly investigated and appropriately acted upon."

Womack said it promotes an environment for employees to report patient safety concerns.
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