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Hospital Broke Whistleblower Rule, Ex-Employees Say

Law360 (October 11, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Two former employees of a Minnesota medical center have sued the hospital, claiming they were wrongfully terminated after raising concerns about inexperienced personnel used on the hospital’s helicopter ambulance service.

Joel Timblin, employed by St. Mary’s as a paramedic, and Tracy Murphy, who worked as a registered nurse, filed the complaint alleging that St. Mary’s had violated Minnesota’s whistleblower statute by sanctioning them for reporting that some of the nurses staffing the emergency helicopter were inexperienced.

The plaintiffs both worked aboard the helicopter and first became...
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