MOUNT VERNON — American Health Network has confirmed the termination of Dr. Brent Nimeth is the result of employee allegations regarding the doctor’s behavior.

“AHN received notice allegations from an employee of inappropriate and disruptive behavior by Dr. Nimeth at our Mount Vernon office,” according to a release issued to the News late Tuesday afternoon from Jeremy T. Overmyer, associate general counsel for AHN.

“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.”

The statement was received by the News after nearly six weeks of calls requesting comment on the abrupt departure of the physician from the office, and after the News alerted the company to Nimeth’s video statement posted on Facebook Tuesday morning.

Nimeth was terminated May 22 and patients were informed by letters posted in the office and sent to their homes. Initially, the News reported, appointments were canceled or rescheduled based on urgency.

On June 8, Nimeth’s attorney, Kim Rose of Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, told the News the issue was contractual and business related, and expected the problem to be cleared up.

“We are currently advising Dr. Brent Nimeth in a contract dispute with American Health Network. We are hopeful to have the contract and business disagreements addressed in the near future. Dr. Nimeth is looking forward to returning to the practice of medicine as soon as he can.”

According to a video statement Nimeth released Tuesday, his disruptive behavior — a two-week-long texting relationship with a co-worker — was a violation of his contract which prompted his termination.

“I told my company about it, as you are supposed to do, if things like this arise, and they were not so forgiving,” Nimeth said in the video.

AHN continues to look for a physician to take over the Mount Vernon office.

“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,” stated AHN.

No further comment from AHN is expected as the company requests “that the privacy of those involved be respected.”

 

Samantha Scoles: 740-397-5333 or samantha.scoles@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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