UPDATE: 5:07 p.m.

The Mount Vernon News received this statement from American Health Network (AHN) late Tuesday afternoon in response to comments regarding Dr. Nimeth’s statement.

AHN received notice allegations from an employee of inappropriate and disruptive behavior by Dr. Nimeth at our Mount Vernon office.

AHN takes allegations of this nature very seriously. In response, we conducted a thorough investigation, which resulted in the termination of Dr. Nimeth’s employment agreement with AHN.

Our investigation revealed actions by Dr. Nimeth which are contrary to the values of AHN and were otherwise unbecoming of a physician leader.

We do not have further comments into this matter and request that the privacy of those involved be respected.

Patient care is our highest priority, and the potential impact of this decision on the Mount Vernon community was strongly considered.

We are working diligently to find a replacement at this practice to continue to provide care to the Mount Vernon community.

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Joshua Morrison/News

Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News

MOUNT VERNON — “What happened to Nimeth? That’s the question everyone wants to know,” Dr. Brent Nimeth said opening a video he posted this morning on his Facebook page.

The video shares his account of why he was dismissed from his practice May 22, by the American Health Network. Nimeth stated that he was terminated for “disruptive behavior.”

Nimeth said that the root of the issue was a two-week texting relationship with a “very compassionate co-worker” who was trying to console the doctor following a “low point” caused by the resignation of two employees, the sudden firing of a third employee in March, a vehicle accident involving his daughter and “several patients that we diagnosed with terminal illnesses” over a short period of time.

 

 

“This was very stressful; horrible. I hit a low point and it was at this time, a very compassionate coworker tried to console me and we entered into a texting relationship that lasted two weeks. It became personal. But, it was wrong and it was inappropriate and this relationship ended.”

A coworker, however, contradicts Nimeth’s claim. She alleges Nimeth texted and called her after hours, showed up at her house, asked to meet her for coffee and created a hostile work environment through “bullying” and “manipulative” behavior.

She said she went to the office manager to express discomfort caused by Nimeth’s behavior toward her. This was followed by an internal investigation, she said. The woman told the News she wanted to tell her story, although she fears using her name would negatively impact future employment opportunities.

When asked for comment regarding allegations of the relationship, attorneys for Nimeth, Kim Rose and Mark Weaver, who specialized in media law and litigation, declined comment, stating Nimeth’s video statement speaks for itself.

“I told my wife about it,” Nimeth said in the video. “Initially she was pissed, but she forgave me. I told my priest about it, initially he was pissed, but he forgave me. I told Jesus about it, and he said ‘I love you, you’re forgiven.’ And I told my company about it, as you’re supposed to do if things like this arise, but they were not so forgiving.”

According to Nimeth, the contract has a non-compete clause stating that he cannot practice medicine in a 20-mile radius of his office for one year, meaning he cannot visit nursing home patients and was “barred from any interaction from patients.”

“The corporation stated that the patients actually belong to the company,” Nimeth said. “I can’t visit you in the hospital. I can’t even talk with you on the street. Twenty-three years I’ve lived in this community — how am I supposed to do that? It’s very hard. You’re not just a patient … you [are friends].”

A call to American Health Network seeking comment was also unreturned as of press time.

Nimeth’s statement is available at https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Brent-Nimeth-1706628726100783/

 

Callan Pugh: 740-397-5333 or callan@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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