A Georgia grand jury indicted former Perry Hospital employee Rachael Michelle Rapraeger Sept. 7 for entering negative mammography results without a physician's review.
According to the district attorney’s office, the former radiology tech acted alone, and now faces 10 counts of reckless conduct and 10 counts of computer fraud. Perry Hospital, located in Perry, Ga., has completed an internal review of the radiology department and also concluded that Rapraeger acted alone. As a result, Perry Hospital “supports the district attorney’s decision to proceed with a criminal indictment,” said Cary Martin, interim CEO of Houston Healthcare System, in a letter.
Perry Hospital is cooperating with the Perry Police Department and the Houston, Ga. County district attorney in identifying all patients who were potentially impacted by Rapraeger’s actions. Although the hospital’s initial estimate was that approximately 900 patients were impacted, an investigation concluded that an additional 389 patients could have been affected by her actions. Perry Hospital has taken steps to locate and notify each of these patients.
Perry Hospital and Houston Healthcare said they “sincerely regret” the actions of Rapraeger and the consequences such actions have brought by her unauthorized and inexplicable acts; however, due to patient confidentiality and the ongoing criminal investigation, they added that they cannot publicly address specific patients, according to Martin.