By Ben Wolf
Friday, March 9, 2007
As you can imagine, news travels fast in a city of only a few thousand. More details are surfacing about the raid on the only hospital in Hamilton County, Florida.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirms it is teaming with the FBI to investigate Trinity Community Hospital.
Everyone in town wants to know why.
"We were contacted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a courtesy to let us know that they would be coming in and serving a search warrant for some kind of records at the hospital," said Hamilton County Sheriff Harrell Reid.
Some local residents think the investigation may involve more than just records.
Judy Sherrrod says her husband, a patient, was interviewed by a federal agent.
"She come in there to find out how long he had been in, what he was in for, and what kind of medication he was on and how he was being treated and, you know, generally whether the staff was taking care of him."
Hospital staff says the facility is fully operational. The emergency room is open and the hospital is accepting patients.
"If that's what they're doing, investigating it, where ever they might have been slacking maybe they'll perk up," said Jasper resident Edward Manheim.
Though the investigation is ongoing, many residents say they have already lost trust in the hospital.
According to hospitaldata.com, Trinity Community Hospital has changed ownership four times. The last time was in 1999. The hospital has a little more than 40 beds and seven nurses on staff.