Public hospital refuses to release terms of settlement

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A county-owned hospital in western Iowa is refusing to reveal the amount of a settlement paid to the family of a woman who died from a botched colonoscopy, despite state law that says settlements made by government agencies are public record.

Crawford County Memorial Hospital CEO Bill Bruce tells the Des Moines Register ( ) that he can’t release the settlement because of a judge’s order sealing records in the patient’s estate.

The settlement was reached in April in a lawsuit filed by the husband of Carole Christiansen, who died in November 2014.

The Carroll Daily Times Herald has asked the judge who sealed the estate records to release the settlement agreement, citing open records law.

Bruce says he will comply if the judge orders release of the settlement.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,