July 22, 2013 For Immediate Release
The Sunday, July 22, edition of the Duluth News Tribune published a statement of correction related to past stories. This correction is related to our lawsuit. St. Luke's and The Duluth News Tribune have reached a confidential settlement related to the lawsuit.
A full text of the correction is below.
The Duluth News Tribune, July 22
Last summer, the News Tribune published articles that included inaccurate statements about St. Luke’s and its administration.
The News Tribune acknowledges that St. Luke’s is an accredited hospital and has always had a rigorous Quality of Care program and that state and federal law dictate the process that any accredited hospital must follow in responding to complaints about physicians. That process is called peer review. It requires that concerns about the quality of care provided by a doctor are reviewed by other doctors, his or her peers. Although St. Luke’s is prohibited by law from discussing peer review, prior to publication the News Tribune had been told by other sources that the Medical Executive Committee was responsible for acting on quality of care complaints, that concerns about Dr. Konasiewicz had been brought to that committee and that the committee took action which in some respects was more extensive than the monitoring requirements which were later ordered by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.