Hospital completes investigation into alleged sexual assault | SummitDaily.com

Hospital completes investigation into alleged sexual assault

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY – St. Anthony Hospitals has wrapped up its internal investigation into an allegation of sexual assault at Summit Medical Center in Frisco, according to a hospital spokesperson.A Breckenridge woman alleges that her boyfriend, Erik Rockne, sexually assaulted her in December when she was in the ICU unit at Summit Medical Center, which is owned by Denver-based St. Anthony Hospitals. The woman was admitted to the hospital on Nov. 30 with life threatening injuries after Rockne allegedly physically abused her. She was released on Dec. 8.Rockne, 39, was arrested on Jan. 6, and the district attorney’s office subsequently filed 12 charges against him, including attempted murder, sexual assault, assault and domestic violence.Hospital spokesperson Bev Lilly confirmed that the investigation was complete, but declined to comment on the outcome of that investigation, or any changes that may be made at the hospital as a result of the investigation, citing patient protection laws.”It’s just very difficult with these privacy laws,” Lilly said. “They do a lot of good because it does protect the privacy of the patient, but it makes it difficult where I just can’t speak to (the investigation).”Lilly did make the following statement regarding safety in general at the medical center:”Patient safety is a priority within our hospital system. We have policies, procedures and security in place to ensure the quality of that system. If we are alerted to a potential risk, immediate steps are taken to protect the patient,” she said.A motions hearing in Rockne’s case is scheduled for Feb. 22.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at nformosa@summitdaily.com.


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