Sparrow Health System has placed its new CEO Emory Wayne "E.W." Tibbs Jr. on administrative leave following sexual harassment allegations by a former employee from a previous health system.
On Wednesday, John Truscott of the public relations firm Truscott Rossman issued the following statement on behalf of Sparrow Health System.:
“We have been made aware of allegations against Mr. E.W. Tibbs, Jr. that occurred prior to his employment at Sparrow. These allegations are disturbing to us and we are taking immediate action. Effective immediately, the Sparrow Board has placed Mr. Tibbs, Jr. on paid administrative leave pending further thorough investigation. This move will have no impact on our patients or staff who provide such great care for our community. Also, effective immediately, current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Joe Ruth, has been appointed by the Sparrow Board as acting President & CEO.”
Tibbs is the former CEO of Centra Health in Virginia.
A former nurse at Centra Health, Stephanie Hale alleges Tibbs stalked, sexually harassed, intimidated and sexually assaulted her, according to her lawyer Paul Valois.
Hale alleged she was wrongfully terminated in relation to Tibbs' conduct.
Centra Health of Virginia issued this statement to WKAR News:
“As soon as we were made aware of the allegations involving personal conduct by our former CEO, we began an internal review to determine whether they have any merit. We are working with an independent third party to conduct a formal investigation of the alleged claims. We are not able to comment directly on the lawsuit at this time, except to say that these are very serious allegations that require an appropriate level of due diligence. Centra operates under a strict code of conduct and we expect all members of our team to exemplify those high standards.” Diane Ludwig, Centra Spokesperson