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Update on St. Peter's Oncology doctor departure

Posted at 6:56 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 18:19:08-05

HELENA — St. Peter’s Health has provided more information regarding the departure of Dr. Tom Weiner, formerly of the Oncology Department. Dr. Weiner has also provided his views on the situation to the community.

In a letter to patients, St. Peter’s CEO Wade Johnson says multiple concerns about the care Dr. Weiner provided to patients was brought to the attention of St. Peter’s Health administration.

St. Peter’s Health alleges Weiner harmed patients with unnecessary treatments, failed to meet state and federal laws associated with the prescribing of narcotics and failed to meet requirements associated with clinical documentation.

Prior to St. Peter’s making public their letter to patients, Weiner denied any wrongdoing in a weekend letter to the editor published in the Helena Independent Record.

In the letter, Weiner claimed, “For the past four years, St. Peter’s Hospital has been attempting to break me.”

Weiner claims the hospital has been trying to terminate him since 2016 when he was critical of administration, and believes this is an attempt at character assassination.

Weiner has worked in the Oncology Department at St. Peter’s since 1996 and wrote he plans to bring litigation against the regional medical center for his departure.

In regards to Dr. Weiner’s alleged treatment of patients, Johnson wrote: “After extensive review of these concerns and consultation with medical and legal experts, we expect authorities will investigate these concerns and we will cooperate fully.”