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Pain doctor accused of firing for jury duty

Hedrick

A local pain physician faces misdemeanor charges after his former employee complained he was fired while serving on a jury.

Dr. William P. Hedrick, 52, was charged Monday with interference with jury service.

The employee, who was serving as an alternate juror during the David Bisard trial, contacted the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office after he said he had been fired from Inquest Health System. That company belongs to Hedrick.

The man told police he was in charge of purchasing at Inquest Health System, at the Lima Road location. In October, he responded to a jury summons and was picked as an alternate juror for a trial.

The man said he notified his direct supervisor that he would be away from work for up to several weeks.

While still on jury duty, he received an email from his personal assistant that said another person had been hired to do his job. The email, sent on Oct. 24, explained that the company had hired someone to handle purchasing while the employee was away.

The following day, the man received an email from the company’s director of human resources stating that Hedrick was “eliminating his employment due to volume.”

The man’s employment record stated his last day of work was Oct. 14 and his separation date was Oct. 25, according to court documents.

Tim Pape, an attorney with Carson Boxberger who represented Hedrick, declined to comment on the charges.

Hedrick, who founded Inquest Health System in 2002, was placed on probation for two years by the state’s Medical Licensing Board in March. He spent months fighting accusations that he recklessly prescribed medication.

The licensing board ruled that he breached the standard of care for at least one of his patients, failed to properly supervise his employees and overused steroid injections in the spine.

jcrothers@jg.net

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