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Statement made regarding Mundy

PLATTSBURGH An official statement has been issued regarding concerns raised by an e-mail forwarded by the head of CVPH Medical Center. In the latest edition of STAT News, the hospital's official newsletter, an article written by CVPH board of directors chairman Paul Sands addresses an e-mail inadvertently forwarded by hospital president and chief executive officers Stephens C. Mundy in May. The content of the e-mail has never been publicly disclosed, though a previous statement from Michael J. Hildebran, CVPH director of marketing and public relations, stated the e-mail contained pictures and captions that "were meant to be humorous." At the time, Hildebran stated the board could not comment further due to the incident being considered a personnel matter. However, in his recent article, Sands stated he wanted to assure CVPH employees the board "regarded the incident involving Stephens Mundy and the mistakenly forwarded e-mail seriously." "We took great care in investigating the matter and reaching a decision and took appropriate action in our judgment," Sands wrote. "We believe this incident has been dealt with and the board considers it to be closed." "As a board we have confidence that Stephens has grown from this experience and will use it to make CVPH an even more inclusive, caring place where everyone is treated with respect," Sands continued. "I have no doubt that Stephens has learned from his mistake." Sands stated Mundy met with representatives of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals earlier this week regarding their diversity program and is planning several initiatives to improve the working environment at the hospital. The board chairman further credited Mundy for accomplishments such as working with the state to increase reimbursement for mental health services and substantial growth in programs, employment and technology during Mundy's six years with the medical center. "I am confident that we will move forward and focus on the future as we seek ways to make CVPH an even better place for all," Sands concluded.

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