LANSING, Mich. — Today, Sparrow released a statement regarding the allegations against CEO E.W. Tibbs, Jr., who is under investigation by his former employer for inappropriate behavior including allegations of sexual misconduct.
The statement read:
“We have been made aware of allegations against Mr. E.W. Tibbs, Jr. that occurred prior to his employment at Sparrow. These allegations are disturbing to us and we are taking immediate action. Effective immediately, the Sparrow Board has placed Mr. Tibbs, Jr. on paid administrative leave pending further thorough investigation. This move will have no impact on our patients or staff who provide such great care for our community. Also, effective immediately, current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Joe Ruth, has been appointed by the Sparrow Board as acting President & CEO.”
Tibbs was previously employed by Centra Health, the company that is calling in a third party to investigate claims made against him.
The health care provider is responding to a lawsuit that was filed Monday. The suit accuses former CEO E.W. Tibbs of inappropriate behavior in 2017.