Judge finds St. Peter’s Health did not defame Dr. Weiner

A Lewis and Clark District Court judge has found St. Peter’s Health Chief Executive Officer Wade Johnson did not defame oncologist Dr. Thomas Weiner, who claimed he was wrongfully terminated from the hospital, with the judge saying he found “the alleged libelous statements to be true.”

In a seven-page addendum filed Friday, 1st Judicial District Court Judge Michael Menahan said that in his Aug. 31 ruling in favor of St. Peter’s Health for a summary judgment, he did not include a “thorough analysis and discussion” on Weiner’s defamation claim. He then outlined his ruling.

Wade Johnson, CEO of St. Peter’s Health, speaks at a Carroll College press conference in November 2022.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

St. Peter’s repeated its statement from Menahan’s Aug. 31 decision, saying it was pleased with the judge’s ruling.

“We stand by our commitment to provide safe, high quality care for our community,” it said. “Going forward, we will continue our efforts to build a gold standard cancer care program and deliver the very best experience for our patients.”    

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