Changes in patient care announced at recent MSU Board of Trustees meeting

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It’s hard to believe anything else went on at Friday’s MSU Board of Trustees meeting after hearing what Nassar survivor Kaylee Lorincz had to say. 

“Mr. Engler then looked directly at me asked, right now if I wrote you a check for 250 thousand dollars, would you take it?” Lorincz said in front of a room full of gasps. 

But just a half hour before that bombshell dropped, the trustees were praising MSU for changes it made to patient care to help prevent another Larry Nassar abuse scandal from happening. 

One of those changes was revising MSU Health’s chaperone policy, or as CEO of MSU Health Team Michael Herbert explains, how the policy is implemented. 

“We’ve used our electronic medical record to help identify and document the use of chaparones,” Herbert said. 

The point of the policy is to make sure someone else is always in the room, besides the doctor, during sensitive exams. It was updated to ensure it’s being followed. 

“We’re going to be conducting periodic audits, we’re doing a test audit now, but we’ll be doing a full audit on the use of chaperones and how its getting documented in June,” Herbert said. 

The university now also requires patients to sign a “consent to treat” form. 

That form reminds the patient of his or her right to a chaperone, and makes it clear that minors must have one present during any treatment. 

The trustees also took action to ensure that they are notified if there are any risks to a student’s safety. 

A motion was put forward that would require the Audit Committee hear any issues that pose a risk to campus safety. As trustee Brian Mosallam explained, that should include instances of sexual abuse. 

“The Audit and Risk Committee along with the administration collectively should have the responsibility and accountability for setting MSU’s objectives to counter sexual misconduct on campus,” Mosallam said. “We must change our culture and these are the first steps to do so.”

The motion was put on hold until the Board of Trustees meeting in June. 

But to Nassar survivor Morgan McCaul, it’s just too little, too late. 

“If they were really committed to making change at their university, first of all this would’ve been done months ago, but they wouldn’t be tabling it for yet another month and for another meeting, the time is now and clearly the community is outraged about it,” McCaul said at Friday’s meeting. 

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