UPDATE: Andrea Barker, the Marketing Director of Ottumwa Regional Health Center, issued the following statement:
“Ottumwa Regional Health Center (ORHC)’s top priority is providing high quality care to our community, and our physician partners are critical to this work.
The recent news concerning Dr. Troy Adolfson pertains to an incident that occurred prior to his affiliation with ORHC. He is not employed by the hospital, but he does have privileges to practice at our facility and is continuing to see patients at this time.
Like all physicians who practice here, Dr. Adolfson went through an extensive credentialing process before joining our medical staff. He has been committed to keeping quality and patient safety first, and he continues to be compliant with all of the hospital’s policies and protocols.
It is our standard practice to maintain confidentiality on all medical staff matters, so we are unable to comment further. Thank you for understanding.”
An Ottumwa doctor was sentenced to federal prison Monday and fined $20,000 for illegally distributing painkillers while practicing in South Dakota.
47-year-old Troy Adolfson is currently employed at McCreery Cancer Center at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He will spend 18 months in prison after admitting to writing prescriptions for oxycodone in 2017 while employed at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, South Dakota as a radiation oncologist . According to reports, these prescriptions were later filled by a co-worker and others. Adolfson then received money and some of the pills. Approximately 1,400 pills were acquired using this method.
Adolfson has an active medical licence in Iowa but no longer has a licence in South Dakota.
Ottumwa Regional Health Center staff had no comment in regards to Adolfson’s future employment.