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Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by antediluvianist, Sep 3, 2004.

  1. Might be interesting , especially to those on this forum in healthcare, like me :

    Salem Hospital suspends a gun-toting doctor
    By John Ellement, Globe Staff | September 3, 2004

    A doctor who left a loaded handgun in an employees' bathroom at Salem Hospital's emergency room has agreed not to practice medicine for the next two weeks while the hospital and the state medical board investigate the incident.

    Dr. Richard L. Pegar was working an overnight shift at the facility and left the gun inside an employee bathroom early Monday when he rushed out to answer a page from another doctor, according to his Boston attorney, Paul Cirel. Before he finished his conversation, another staffer had found the gun and alerted hospital security, which contacted Salem police, Cirel said.

    Pegar has a valid license to carry a firearm, Cirel said. The doctor immediately acknowledged that the .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver was his and took possession of it, Cirel said. When Salem police arrived, Cirel said, Pegar showed the officers the gun and then was allowed to keep it.

    ''He grew up in Iowa around guns. He's a member of a sportsmen's club, and he keeps his gun locked in a gun safe," said Cirel. ''He also works crazy hours in a hospital ER and has to find his car in the parking lot at night. It's his decision, and he's done it by following the law."

    In a statement that did not name Pegar, the hospital, part of the North Shore Medical Center, said it has suspended its employee ''pending a full investigation."

    ''North Shore Medical Center is deeply committed to the safety of its patients and employees. We take this incident very seriously. Our policy clearly prohibits possession of firearms or other weapons" on hospital grounds," the statement said.

    Cirel said Pegar has been suspended with pay by the hospital and has been notified that the state Board of Registration in Medicine is examining the situation. In order to let both institutions complete their inquiries, Pegar has agreed not to practice medicine until Sept. 15, Cirel said.
  2. vega


    Sep 29, 2001
    Who needs to practice if you're being paid while in suspension. I'd practice shooting instead.


  3. mikey177

    mikey177 Remember

    Jan 28, 2003
    This is a sad turn of events for the doctor in question. Most hospitals have a policy against anyone carrying deadly weapons on their premises. Unfortunately, we also cannot deny that the area around some hospitals is very dangerous and it is just plain common sense to be concerned about one's personal protection.

    I for one wouldn't walk in the area of UP-PGH at night without some form of protection, and I have in fact witnessed a robbery or two in that area when I used to go there often (when I was still courting my wife).

    I hope things turn out alright for the guy. I know how toxic a doctor can get, and its easy to forget important things when faced with multiple simultaneous tasks. It was unfortunate that what he forgot was a lethal weapon :(
  4. PMMA97

    PMMA97 TagaBundok

    Nov 25, 2003
    Ano ba ang mas papahalagahan sa kasong ito? His right to keep and bear arms or the hospital rules?