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.