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Hospital pleased with finding in surgery scar case

News Mitchell,South Dakota 57301
The Daily Republic
Hospital pleased with finding in surgery scar case
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

RAPID CITY (AP) -- Officials at a Rapid City hospital say they are pleased but not surprised that state officials have found no evidence that the hospital mistreated a man who claims the letters "KKK" were carved into his chest during heart surgery.

Rapid City Regional Hospital CEO Tim Sughrue says in a statement that the hospital will continue to defend itself against a civil lawsuit filed by Vernon Traversie, a 69-year-old American Indian man.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said Monday that neither his office nor the state Health Department could substantiate Traversie's claim.

Traversie's spokesman said other investigations are pending.