Joint Statement for the Resolution of Battle vs. Hurley Medical Center Lawsuit
The following joint statement of resolution is regarding the legal action instituted by Tonya Battle and recently joined as Plaintiffs, Lakisha Bah Stewart and Latoya Butler.
Flint, Michigan—“We are happy to report that the parties have amicably resolved this matter. This situation in the NICU was triggered by conduct which is not consistent with Hurley’s policies. We regret that our policies were not well enough understood and followed causing the perception that Hurley condoned this conduct. We thank Tonya Battle, Lakisha Bah Stewart and Latoya Butler for bringing this situation to light. Hurley Medical Center is fundamentally opposed to any form of racial discrimination. As previously reported, we will use the circumstances of this issue in future training sessions to ensure that employees are prepared to appropriately handle situations like this. Hurley is proud to be the safety net provider for this community for over 105 years. We value the support of the patients who entrust us with their care and the dedication of our physicians and staff. This includes Nurse Tonya Battle and her 25 years of professionalism and dedication. We are eager to move forward as a stronger, more unified facility.”
Melany Gavulic, RN, MBA
President & CEO, Hurley Medical Center
Hurley Medical Center is a 443-bed premier public teaching hospital located in the heart of Genesee County, Michigan. As the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, Level II Pediatric Trauma Center (Genesee, Lapeer, Shiawassee Counties), Burn Center, and the highest level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit available in Genesee County, Hurley is a recognized leader in clinical care and education, maintaining affiliations with Michigan State University, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan-Flint, Mott Community College, Henry Ford Health System and Children’s Hospital of Michigan-Detroit. Founded in 1908, Hurley provides patient care for more than 100,000 people annually.