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Creative Ways to Save Money in the OR - May 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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M A Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 3 1 How to Run a Thorough Background Check Get to know potential new hires with a careful employee screening. W ould you have hired Rocky Allen, the surgical tech who faces federal criminal charges for allegedly stealing syringes of fentanyl at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo., and replacing them with syringes of saline? The clues not to hire him were hard to miss. • He'd been fired 4 times. When Mr. Allen applied to become a surgical tech at Swedish, he'd already been fired by 4 hospitals in Arizona, California and Washington state, according to court records. • He fabricated Middle East employment. Mr. Allen lied about his overseas experience on his application to Swedish, which stated that he'd worked as a surgical tech for a medical defense contractor in Staffing Raleigh F. "Sandy" Seay Jr., PhD • BEHIND THE SMILE The unfortunate hiring of surgical tech Rocky Allen highlights the importance of effective background checks.

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