Anesthesiologist at CRMC charged after overdosing between surgeries

An anesthesiologist employed by Blue Mountain Anesthesia Associates and working at Carlisle Regional Medical Center faces charges after he overdosed between surgeries in 2015.

Gregory George Theodore, 61, of Carlisle, was charged with felony administration of a controlled substance, felony acquiring a controlled substance, and misdemeanor refusal to keep records, possession of a controlled substance and theft by unlawful taking in regard to an incident at the hospital in June 2015.

CRMC confirmed that Theodore is no longer a member of the medical staff at the hospital.

Theodore was reportedly found unconscious with a syringe in the bathroom of the men’s locker room at CRMC last year, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

An orthopedic surgeon told police that he was waiting in the operating room for Theodore, and when he did not show up to see the patient in the holding area and did not answer several pages, he went to check the locker room, court documents said. Upon hearing a pager going off, he retrieved the key to the locked locker room and found Theodore on the toilet with the syringe lying on his thigh, the affidavit said.

The doctor reported Theodore was initially unresponsive to their attempts to wake him, but after being shaken, Theodore woke up, told the doctor he wasn’t feeling well and that the syringe had an anti-nausea drug in it, court documents said. The doctor noted to police that the drug, Zofran, would not have caused him to fall unconscious.

When Theodore was taken to the emergency department, a doctor said he spoke with Theodore, who admitted using Demerol that evening, and that he had been using the drug for four years, the affidavit said. Theodore told the doctor that he could go days without using and does not use all the time, court documents said. Theodore does not have a prescription for Demerol, the affidavit said.

Another employee told police that Demerol is Theodore’s preferred drug to use in his cases, even though Demerol is an older pain medication that is rarely used by anesthesiologists now, the affidavit said.

Charges were filed Tuesday against Theodore, and bail was set at $50,000 cash, which he was unable to post. He remains in Cumberland County Prison.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. April 21 in front of Magisterial District Judge Susan Day.

Published by: The Sentinel

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