Hamilton health care worker charged with theft, breach of trust

Published January 11, 2022 at 9:48 am

A staff member with St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is facing criminal charges.

A staff member with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is facing criminal charges.

St. Joe’s alerted police on Dec. 10, 2021, after a quality control audit showed discrepancies in their automatic dispensing system.

Hamilton Police charged 35-year-old Jenna Whitfield from Hagersville with theft and breach of trust.

Police say the automatic dispensing system had been accessed multiple times between Aug. 17 and Dec. 9, 2021, without a physician’s written order.

Whitfield was released on an undertaking and will appear in court on Feb. 24.

Automated dispensing systems provide secure medication storage and save health care staff time by eliminating the need for manual end-of-shift narcotic counts in patient care units.

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