Posted: Apr 30, 2013 10:57 PM by MTN News
Updated: Apr 30, 2013 10:58 PM
BILLINGS - A woman who appears to be posing as a healthcare worker in Billings has the community concerned.
Photos of her in the halls of Billings Clinic were released to Billings healthcare facilities this week.
The Billings Police Department has identified the woman as Angela Corson-Smith.
An internal memo to employees of St. Vincent Healthcare sent out by the hospital's safety department identified Corson-Smith allegedly masquerading as a healthcare worker in the hospital.
A complaint about the suspect alerted the Billings Police Department last week.
She performed rounds with physicians on a number of occasions during her time at Billings Clinic.
Facebook photos also show Corson-Smith with a Billings Police Department sergeant; Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said the department approached the sergeant and found he has done nothing wrong, and the sergeant told police he was completely unaware of Corson-Smith's alleged actions.
Chief St. John met with Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito on Tuesday to discuss the next steps of the investigation.
"We'll also be coordinating with U.S. Attorney's Office because of potential federal violations as well with HIPAA (Health Information Privacy Act) information." Chief St. John said, "We're taking this very seriously. We're being very thorough and have great cooperation from the hospitals. Obviously they are very concerned about this. We're moving quickly but thoroughly with a coordinated effort with the three agencies."
MTN News spoke with Corson-Smith's attorney, Gregory Johnson, over the phone.
He said he doesn't believe there is any substance to these claims and questioned Billings Clinic's lack of comment on the story.
"The poor young girl's image, reputation, and opportunities are suffering. And her character is being disparaged. She is innocent and being vilified by a source that has no comment."
Corson-Smith has not been arrested nor charged with any crime.
Late Tuesday, Billings Clinic sent a statement regarding the investigation that read:
"Last week Billings Clinic reported an incident to the Billings Police Department involving an unidentified individual who was on Billings Clinic's campus and who had claimed to be a nurse practitioner student.
We are working closely with the Billings Police Department and the Yellowstone County Attorney's office to cooperate with their investigation.
In a cooperative spirit and in the best interest of patients in our community, we notified St. Vincent Healthcare and RiverStone Health to alert them about the potential risk.
We are taking this matter very seriously and have our entire organization on alert pertaining to this situation."
BPD has not determined how long Corson-Smith worked in the hospital.
"We need to find out the depth of the activities and what security areas were breached. We're relatively early in this investigation," said St. John.