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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Surgeon accused of hurting assistant at Hobart hospital"

Non-election news is sparse this morning. But this story from Sept. 30th in the NWI Times, reported by Sarah Reese, is notable. Some quotes:

HOBART — A Merrillville orthopedic surgeon faces a misdemeanor battery charge alleging he became angry Aug. 30 in a surgical room at St. Mary Medical Center. He allegedly caused an assistant’s finger to bleed by placing a medical instrument on it and hitting her wrist with a second instrument.

Dr. Joseph B. Koscielniak Jr., 63, was charged Sept. 16 in Hobart City Court with Class A misdemeanor battery, records show. * * *

According to a probable cause affidavit, Koscielniak was in surgery between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Aug. 30 and became angry about a medical instrument he was using.

The surgeon became verbally abusive toward the surgical team, threw several instruments and allegedly told one assistant, “I am going to punch you, push you or knock you to the ground,” the affidavit said.

Another female assistant told police she told Koscielniak, “You are not going to talk to us like that.”

Koscielniak allegedly grabbed an instrument described as a clamp and placed it on the woman’s right index finger, asking, “How does that feel?” according to the affidavit.

The woman, in shock, removed the instrument, and Koscielniak asked her to check her glove “to make sure she was not bleeding in the surgical room,” the affidavit said.

The woman saw there was blood coming from her finger. Koscielniak then grabbed an instrument called a mallet and slammed it back toward the surgical cart, hitting her right wrist with the instrument, the affidavit said.

The woman left the surgical room and reported the incident to her supervisor, who sent her for medical treatment, court records said. Hospital security staff notified Hobart police, who gathered contact information for all possible witnesses, the affidavit said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 5, 2016 09:39 AM
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