CLEVELAND-Fairview Hospital agreed to pay $320,615 to 164 minority applicants for entry-level clerical and service jobs who were allegedly denied positions because of their race, the U.S. Labor Department announced last month. The payments are part of a conciliation agreement between the hospital and the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which enforces statutes that prohibit employment discrimination by federal contractors. Fairview, which has a contract to serve nonactive military personnel and their families, also agreed to make job offers to as many as 48 of the applicants until 24 have been hired. In a previous conciliation agreement, the hospital committed to make a good-faith effort to employ minority candidates, the Labor Department said. Only 5% of the hospital's work force was black or Hispanic, compared with 25% of the applicant pool, the department said. It said many minority applicants had qualifications that were superior to those of nonminorities who were hired. The hospital denied any discrimination.
ESCANABA, Mich.-The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $2,500 fine against 110-bed St. Francis Hospital for violating radiation safety tests and recordkeeping rules. Investigations determined that a hospital employee had deliberately recorded test results before the tests were actually performed. The violation did not appear to harm patients, the NRC said. The NRC issued a notice of violation, and the hospital has until June 13 to pay the fine or protest it. The hospital said it terminated the employee and is reviewing its options in terms of an appeal.
COLUMBUS, Ohio-Karrington Health, a Columbus-based assisted-living company, said it plans to break ground on a new facility in Park Ridge, Ohio, shortly. The 111-unit Karrington of Park Ridge will provide residents with assistance with daily living activities, such as bathing and dressing, and also offer a special program for Alzheimer's patients. The facility is expected to open in the spring of 1998.