Docs at Family ER sue ex-chief
Round Rock emergency clinic’s former director accused of misconduct.
A former medical director for an emergency care center in Round Rock is accused of giving her own medicine to a patient, sending an email inviting her employees to watch pornography and causing the facility to lose more than $200,000 in insurance payments, according to a lawsuit.
The lawsuit seeks up to $1 million in damages against Dr. Rena Salyer. It was filed in early March in the 425th District Court in Williamson County by the owner of Round Rock Emergency Center, Dr. Henry Higgins, and another doctor who works at the center, Nathaniel Greenwood.
Salyer could not be reached for comment Monday. The lawsuit does not say when Salyer started working as a medical director at the center, also known as Family Emergency Room at Round Rock, at 1925 S. A.W. Grimes Blvd.
Her Facebook page says she started-working there in September. According to the lawsuit, Higgins appointed Salyer as medical director “because of her expertise as a doctor and his unqualified trust in her.”
“However, things soon began to fall apart,” the lawsuit says.
It says Salyer was late in completing medical charts for some patients — sometimes by more than 30 days — which meant she missed the deadline for filing for payments from insurance companies.
As a result, the lawsuit says, the facility lost more than $200,000 in insurance payments.
After Salyer was told she was losing her title as medical director, she “tried to coerce female employees to fabricate a sexual harassment story against Dr. Greenwood,” according to the lawsuit.
It says she also broke into the office of the nursing chief and looked at private employee files as well as falsely told doctors and employees that the company was bankrupt and that employees probably would not get a paycheck.
Salyer also “encouraged employees not to sign disciplinary forms, sent an email to employees inviting them to watch pornography, provided her personal, prescribed medications to a patient at the facility ... and administered oral medications to patients instead of allowing the nurse to do this and then failed to document that she had given the medication,” the lawsuit says.
Although complaints against a doctor to the Texas Medical Board are not public information, the board has never taken any disciplinary action against Salyer, accord- ing to its website.
The lawsuit says Salyer also made false statements that the emergency center was overusing drugs and that the Department of Justice was about to begin investigating the business.
Round Rock Emergency Center had numerous meetings with Salyer and encouraged her through multiple emails “to change her conduct,” the lawsuit says.
It says Salyer continued to neglect her duties and was eventually fired from the facility. The lawsuit does not say when she was fired.
At the request of the plaintiffs, a district judge approved a temporary restraining order March 7 to prevent Salyer from communicating with any employees at the emergency center or making any statement about the center on social media.