LRGH doctor's medical license suspended
July 07, 2010
LACONIA — A Lakes Region General Hospital doctor has been issued an emergency license suspension by the state Board of Medicine, based on information the board received indicating the doctor's practice of medicine "poses an imminent threat to life, safety and/or health."
Lawrence A. Mazur, M.D., was employed at Lakes Region General Hospital Senior Psychiatric Services Unit. The board's written order lists several allegations against Mazur, which were explored at a hearing that Mazur was ordered to attend July 7, after Salmon Press' publication deadline, at the U.S. District Court in Concord.
The order alleges that on or about May 18, Mazur began performing rounds on his patients at 2 a.m. and was instructed to conduct rounds when patients are awake. Mazur allegedly complied briefly before reverting back to conducting rounds while his patients slept.
The order states that Mazur was informed that his documentation was inadequate and led to LRGH losing approximately $300,000 in medical reimbursements. An ARPN was assigned to work with Mazur on documentation. Mazur allegedly notified the ARPN's supervisor that she needed a month-long administrative leave. When supervisors did not act on the recommendation, Mazur allegedly wrote his professional opinion of the ARPN on the floor's whiteboard. He also allegedly began repeating "administrative leave" when he passed her on the floor.
In or around May, Mazur reportedly treated a patient who had intentionally overdosed. The patient has alleged that Mazur discussed her admission with a physician at New Hampshire Hospital, the patient's employer, despite being told not to. Mazur was asked to participate in an interview regarding the complaint. As of his suspension from LRGH on June 22, he had not participated in the interview.
The order also stated that on or about June 17, Mazur initiated a session with a 67-year-old psychotic female patient; a nurse sat in on the session. Mazur allegedly had the patient lay on his couch and turned off all the lights in his office, so the room was lit only by a computer screen. When the patient became agitated, Mazur allegedly raised his voice and asked her if someone had once hurt her in the dark. The patient then indicated that she wanted to end the session but asked if she could meet with him again next Wednesday, to which Mazur allegedly replied that he could be dead by next Wednesday. Mazur also allegedly insisted that the patient operate the door system herself to exit the room; when she had trouble releasing the alarmed door, he allegedly shouted that no one was going to help her. When the assisting nurse moved forward to assist the patient, who suffered from a movement disorder, Mazur allegedly pushed the nurse back three times to prevent her from offering assistance. After the patient left, Mazur allegedly shut and blocked the door. The nurse was frightened and believed Mazur might hit her. When she told him twice not to touch her again, he threw up his arms and walked away. Mazur allegedly apologized later, but the nurse was afraid to work with him again and remained on administrative leave until he was suspended from LRGH.
On June 22, LRGH administration gave Mazur a letter of suspension. He was urged to read it but allegedly replied that he was too busy but might have time the following week. He then allegedly proceeded to send out "inappropriate and disjointed emails" to several partied, including the Board of Medicine, demanding that LRGH staff involved in his suspension tender immediate resignations.
When contacted by the Department of Justice to arrange an interview, Mazur allegedly replied with an offer to get lunch and closed with "your place or mine." He attempted to set up an interview at a bagel shop in Concord and when advised of the confidential nature of the interview suggested speaking in code. When he arrived at DOJ for the interview, he behaved "inappropriately" to the receptionist and wore sweatpants, sneakers and a stained tee shirt that read "beer, helping white men dance since 1862."
Mazur brought his wife and daughter with him and advised that his wife would be acting as legal counsel and his daughter would record the meeting. According to the board, he spoke to his wife and daughter in a foreign language and said no one was to speak with them directly. He allegedly asked Investigator Todd Flanagan if his wife could pat him down for wires. He was informed that he couldn't record the interview and would not give permission to the DOJ to record the interview. He was told either his wife or daughter could act as legal counsel, but not both, and allegedly used the childhood ritual of "eeny-meeny-miny-moe" to decide which one would stay.
The board's order states that Mazur had difficulty focusing during the interview and gave rambling, unresponsive answers unrelated to the questions. When questioned about the alleged assault, he stood up without warning and began to walk toward the door, taking fast, deep breaths with his arms at his sides while pumping his fists up and down. He allegedly used profanity throughout the interview.
The hearing scheduled for July 7 covered 23 counts of alleged professional misconduct that could result in the continued imposition of the temporary license suspension, the imposition of permanent disciplinary sanctions, or both.