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PAIN DOC OK'D: Fort Wayne physician given green light to practice

March 29, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Fort Wayne physician, Dr. William Hedrick, was told he could continue with his medical practice while on probation, according to area media.

Indiana Medical Licensing Board placed him on probation for two years after finding three violations related to his pain clinic practice.
The group said he breached standard of care in at least one case, failed in properly supervising his employees, and overused steroid injections in the spine.

The board cleared Hedrick of three other counts.
In comparison, he and the state attorney general’s office earlier had agreed to a failed settlement that would have suspended his license for two years.

He had been placed on emergency suspension and can practice again as soon as the board’s final order is signed. Hedrick must follow a number of probation-related requirements. Hedrick was visibly relieved at the conclusion of the hearing but declined to comment.

“We are certainly satisfied with the board’s decision. The board listened to all the evidence and considered it,” said Hedrick’s attorney, Stacy Cook. “The suspension will be lifted, and he will be able to practice again.”

Hedrick testified earlier in the day that there were a “few isolated cases where the result was not good” but that after further review of the process and the charts, he didn’t feel he was culpable.

“I can’t control the actions of every individual,” Hedrick said.
The state filed a complaint against him in December accusing him of incompetence.

Hedrick is founder and president of the Centers for Pain Relief, which is based in Fort Wayne and had more than a dozen other locations in northern Indiana when he was initially charged. The number of locations has now dropped to six.


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