Judge orders release of ambulance records in Hepatitis C lawsuit

MINOT, N.D. – A special magistrate has ordered that a paramedic service based out of Minot provide records of ambulance runs involving a suspected drug diverter, in the ongoing Hepatitis C civil case between ManorCare and Trinity Health.

Judge Karen Klein signed an order in June, which was filed in district court Friday, requesting that Community Ambulance Services, Inc., provide dates, times, and locations of certain runs involving victims of the 2013 Hepatitis C outbreak in Ward County.

The order stems from a request made by ManorCare in March that Trinity produce the information. Trinity responded, saying it would ‘difficult if not impossible’ to cross-reference all of the information.

Klein said that Community Ambulance may object to the order within ten days, and if the objection is upheld, ManorCare may renew its request.

Klein also said the information would remain confidential.

ManorCare argues the outbreak stems from improper phlebotomy procedures, and seeks punitive damages from Trinity.

The two sides will likely go to trial in 2018.