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Former Hospital Executive Sues Monroe County

Rochester, N.Y. -- The former executive director of the Monroe Community Hospital is suing the county.

In May of this year, Todd Spring was fired for taking a wheelchair away from a patient who wouldn't abide by the smoking rules.

Spring has since insisted no wrong doing.

In July, we heard from Todd Spring for the first time in a county legislature meeting.

Here tonight for the public record I want to state unequivocally that I have never abused or mistreated any resident trusted to my care at any time in my over 25 year career as a licensed nursing home administrator, the last 13 years of which were at Monroe Community Hospital, said Spring.

On Friday, he continued to proclaim his innocence - when he filed a lawsuit against the county, their lawyers and the whistleblower Karen Fabi, who worked at the hospital at the time.

This is the first opportunity, the filing of this lawsuit to set the record straight, said Springs lawyer Glenn Pezzulo.

Pezzulo said his client was not the only one who made the decision to take the patient's wheelchair.

The patient care committee, not just Todd individually, said Pezzulo, but the patient care committee in examining the behavior of this one patient decided to take action with respect to restricting his mobility and the first restriction was to take away his electric wheelchair and thereafter they took away the electric wheelchair but gave him a manual wheelchair.

An investigation into this action led to firing of spring and he has been unemployed since.

Obviously he wants to be gainfully employed, said Pezzulo. He's built a great deal of enhancing his reputation in the medical care community and I think all the people who worked in that hospital who really realize he did a marvelous job as the executive director for a number of years.

Spring is seeking more than three-million-dollars in damage, according to his lawyer.

The county and the whistleblower Karen Fabi - who worked there at the time - had no comment.

The county has 30 days to file an answer.

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