In Carlisle Pennsylvania an anesthesiologist has finally confessed that, why yes! He did indeed routinely drug himself into a stupor while on duty at the hospital. And his confession last Wednesday afternoon was a key factor in a plea deal that will keep him out of prison.
You’ve just got to love – strike that, cringe at – what passes for physician discipline in the good ‘ol USA.
According to Assistant District Attorney Jamie Keating, Doctor Gregory G. Theodore, age 62, was ordered to complete a substance abuse rehabilitation and may not treat patients. In return, he was sentenced to 4 years probation.
Pretty neat deal, if you can swing it: steal other people’s meds for years; perform highly complex procedures on patients when they are most vulnerable – asleep. Put entire surgical teams at risk. And then get the adults to send you to your room like a punky 8th grader. Cool.
Cumberland County Judge Albert Masland thought Theodore’s efforts to beat his substance abuse problem played a large role in the decision to offer him a probationary sentence. He said Theodore has passed drug tests, is undergoing counseling through a program for addicted physicians, and voluntarily surrendered his medical license.
Investigators determined that Theodore was using drugs between surgeries, taking excess medications, including the narcotic Demerol.
Theodore was arrested in April as the result of an investigation that began in July 2015, when he was found unconscious in a bathroom between surgeries at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. Police said Theodore admitted that he had been pilfering medications prescribed for patients “for several years.”
Defense attorney J. David Farrell said Theodore has proven “he is a good candidate for lifelong rehabilitation.”
And we believe he’s a good candidate to work at the local car wash.
But that’s just us.
Rest assured, the man will be back passing gas at another hospital, for fun and profit, in no time. He will have NO problem getting relicensed in another state before you know it.
Because in the Twilight Zone of American “healthcare” that’s the shell game we allow medical authorities to play on us.
As an intellectually sluggish society, you see, we get exactly what we tolerate.