Ex-employee must pay Metro Health $1M

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Metro Health employee who sued the hospital last year has agreed to pay the hospital $1 million to wrap up a countersuit.

The former employee, Laura Sacha-Staskiewicz, initially sued Metro and its president and CEO Michael Faas in the spring of 2015, saying that she was fired for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing linked to a planned sale of the hospital that has since fallen through.

According to a Tuesday release from the hospital, she eventually gave up those claims without a settlement.

Metro had countersued Staskiewicz for “damages caused by her release of confidential and misleading information about the organization.” It says she admitted her misconduct and agreed to pay $1 million to the hospital.

“Even her attorney withdrew from the case near the end of the case,” Faas told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday. “She withdraws all of her charges, she accepts the million-dollar judgment against her, admits that she took confidential information and was malicious in what she was doing.”

A Kent County judge approved the agreement last month.