Former patient sues High Point Regional

Oct. 25, 2013 @ 08:47 PM

A patient who came to the emergency room at High Point Regional Hospital nearly four years ago is suing the health system, saying he was sexually assaulted by a male nursing assistant while being treated at the medical center.
The civil action was filed earlier this year in Guilford County Superior Court by Ian Allen Malcolm of Gibsonville, who claims he was sexually assaulted after coming to the hospital Jan. 5, 2009, for treatment of pancreatic issues. The nursing assistant whom Malcolm says assaulted him, Chad Matthew Collins, was arrested and pleaded guilty in a separate assault case from an incident at the hospital in September 2010.
Police never charged Collins for assaulting Malcolm.
Collins no longer works for the health system. As part of a plea deal in the previous case, Collins agreed to give up his nursing and health care licenses to preclude him from working in the medical profession, according to Guilford County court records.
Krispin Culbertson, a lawyer representing Malcolm, said High Point Regional Health System ignored warning signs about Collins, which allowed him to be on duty the day that Malcolm arrived for treatment. 
High Point Regional officials didn’t comment on the legal action.
“We cannot comment at this time due to active litigation,” said Rita Bunch, vice president of ancillary and risk services.
An attorney in Greensboro representing Collins couldn’t be reached for comment this week by the Enterprise.
The civil case includes a deposition taken from Malcolm that describes his allegations, including accusations that Collins took sexual liberties with Malcolm while he was falling under the influence of pain-killing medication. 
Malcolm is seeking financial damages from High Point Regional Health System and Collins. The lawsuit lists several claims that could total in the tens of thousands of dollars or more. No court date has been set for the civil case, which was filed in August.
“It’s not going to have a trial date anytime soon. It’s going to head first towards mediation, which is mandatory,” Culbertson said.
Collins didn’t face a criminal charge from the incident involving Malcolm. More than a year after the alleged encounter with Malcolm, Collins was arrested and charged in an assault at the hospital.
On Sept. 12, 2010, the staff of High Point Regional Hospital reported an alleged sexual assault to the High Point Police Department. Collins was charged with one count of sexual battery in an incident in which a male patient reported that a nursing assistant fondled him.
Collins later pleaded to misdemeanor simple assault and relinquished the privilege of working in the medical profession, according to court records. Collins, who was 38 years old when he was arrested, was given a suspended sentence and probation.
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