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UPDATE: Centra releases statement regarding Sparrow CEO

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Published: Mar. 13, 2019 at 11:17 AM EDT
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UPDATE: The case has been dismissed.

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On March 13, Sparrow released a statement regarding the allegations against CEO E.W. Tibbs, Jr., who is under investigation by his former employer for inappropriate behavior including allegations of sexual misconduct.

The statement read:
“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 was previously employed by Centra Health, the company that is calling in a third party to investigate claims made against him.

The health care provider is responding to a lawsuit that was filed Monday. The suit accuses former CEO E.W. Tibbs of inappropriate behavior in 2017.

Centra emailed all of its employees Tuesday, saying it began an internal review to determine whether the allegations have any merit.

Tibbs resigned in October 2018 and is now CEO of a health system in Michigan.

“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,” Diane Ludwig, a spokesperson, said in a statement released Tuesday. “Centra operates under a strict code of conduct and we expect all members of our team to exemplify those high standards.”

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These are the very early stages of the lawsuit and Centra was given an opportunity to respond.

They released this statement:
“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.

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