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Head of KRMC refutes allegation that charges are politically motivated

Brian Turney

Brian Turney

A case summary issued by the Arizona Medical Board details some of the allegations of improper touching Kingman Regional Medical Center female employees made to Kingman Police detectives against Dr. Ilangovan Govindarajan.

They form the basis of a "probable cause" statement considered Wednesday by the board in deciding whether he could continue his private practice of medicine.

Contained within the summary is a statement by Govan, as he is known to co-workers and patients, that he believes the charges against him are politically motivated on the part of KRMC administration because he is part of a physician group building a competing facility (Hualapai Mountain Medical Center) a few miles away.

"I am disappointed that he alleges his investment in MedCath is a motivation in this case," said Brian Turney, chief executive officer at KRMC. "It's not true."

Govan further alleges in the case summary that KRMC has a policy requiring physicians to reveal their interest in other medical facilities to assess any possible conflict of interest.

Turney said KRMC does have a policy of requiring medical staff, board members and key administrative officials to sign a conflict of interest statement annually and Govan has done so.

The summary further says Govan is currently on voluntary leave from KRMC and has been asked to undergo a psychiatric evaluation prior to being allowed to return to privileges granted him at the hospital.

The Miner contacted Clark L. Derrick, certified criminal law specialist with the Phoenix firm of Kimerer & Derrick P.C. and Govan's attorney, Tuesday afternoon.

"The case is very early on and formal charges have not yet been delineated by the (Mohave) county attorney," Derrick said.

"Dr. Govan was arrested and released on his own recognizance. It would be speculative and compromising to the best interests of my client to answer questions."

Turney was asked that if the alleged incidents go back a year, why did they only recently come to light?

"It may be possible they were not reported because those involved thought the allegations would not be taken seriously, as they involve a physician and it would be their word against that of the physician," Turney said.