Senators call for removal of doctor from Eleanor Slater Hospital for past misconduct
Two state legislators are calling for the dismissal of a doctor from Eleanor Slater Hospital, sighting his past lewd behavior with children several years ago.
CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Two state legislators are calling for the dismissal of a doctor from Eleanor Slater Hospital, sighting his past lewd behavior with children several years ago.
Dr. Andrew Stone pled guilty to exposing himself to children almost 15 years ago. Now he’s chief of medical services at Eleanor Slater Hospital.
Dr. Stone was arrested for exposing himself to young boys at the Seekonk YMCA back in 2006.
He served four months in jail and entered treatment. By 2015 he had his medical license reinstated.
Now he’s the stepping into the role of chief of medical services at the hospital, which isn’t sitting well with some.
“As soon as I found out about it I wanted to do something about it,” said Senator Hanna Gallo. “It just seemed so wrong, it was like how could this be? Our hospitals are there to protect these children. They’re the most vulnerable.”
Senator Gallo says she started hearing concerns from constituents about Stone working at the hospital, which is for patients with long term care and psychiatric issues. Senator Jessica De la Cruz represents its Zambarano unit in Burrillville and is also calling for his removal.
“I don’t feel that the staff or the children should have to be exposed to him,” said Gallo.
According to a spokesperson for the State Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilites, and Hospitals, Dr. Stone is stepping into this role for now while the hospital goes through a restructuring.
However he’s worked there the last two years, and Senator Gallo says she believes there should have been a better screening process.
“I understand that you can’t just fire somebody, that there’s a due process, but at the end of the day I feel that he should not be in that population,” said Gallo.
ABC 6 reached out to BHDDH to see if either they or Dr. Stone had any comment.
A spokesperson said in part: “As the state mental health authority, BHDDH believes in and promotes rehabilitation and recovery for all Rhode Islanders. When Dr. Stone applied for a job with us in 2018, ample evidence suggested he was ready, and his service over the last two years has demonstrated his continued readiness and expertise to effectively deliver high-quality care.”