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Hospital to address allegations

Citrus Memorial Health Foundation's board of trustees will meet Monday night and its chairman, David Langer, is scheduled to make a statement concerning the alleged conduct of former nurse Bruce Alan Young at Citrus Memorial Hospital.

In addition, the hospital's chief executive officer, Charles Blasband, is expected to conduct a news conference after that meeting, Citrus Memorial announced Friday.

To date, the hospital has said little about allegations that Young raped five female patients who were under his care in the CMH recovery room. It was not known Friday whether hospital officials are prepared to publicly discuss what their workers did and did not do both on the night of Young's arrest or when handling earlier complaints about Young.

The hospital fired Young after his arrest and says it is cooperating with police and prosecutors.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. in the hospital's board room, located in the old Citrus High School building on the north side of the hospital campus. The news conference will be held in the Cypress Room, also located in the building.

In other news Friday, Inverness police Chief Bill Vitt said his agency is continuing to investigate Bruce MacFarlane, the former Citrus Memorial X-ray technician whom the hospital fired Tuesday.

Police already were checking allegations that MacFarlane made sexually suggestive comments to a 28-year-old female patient Monday and that he improperly touched a 33-year-old woman while giving her an X-ray Sept. 22.

Vitt said he will subpoena MacFarlane's personnel file from Citrus Memorial and might seek the same records from MacFarlane's previous employer, HCA New Port Richey hospital.

An HCA representative said MacFarlane was fired earlier this year because of poor performance.