HAWKESBURY — Dr. Brian Nadler, a Hawkesbury and District General Hospital physician, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with “a number of suspicious deaths,” the healthcare institution says in press release issued late this afternoon.
All of Nadler’s HGH privileges have been revoked, adds the hospital, which reports that Hawkesbury OPP responded to the institution March 25. An investigation is underway and the 35-year-old accused remains in custody.
“We want to reassure our patients, their families and the community at large that the hospital site is safe. We continue to deliver our programs in a professional and safe environment. All patient services continue to operate in all areas including Medical Imaging, Family Birthing Centre, Emergency Services and Ambulatory Clinics,” the hospital says. “Patients who need to access services can come to the hospital and keep their appointments.”
“The Authorities of HGH are fully collaborating with the representatives of the OPP assigned to this investigation. In collaboration with the OPP, we are reaching out to the concerned families. We are equally concerned with our employees and physicians that may be affected by this difficult situation. We are providing them with employee assistance and post-traumatic counselling.”
“In order to maintain the integrity of the OPP investigation, HGH will not be releasing further information today.”
Nadler is a resident of Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec. Hawkesbury OPP say he was remanded in custody following a bail appearance before the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal.
The detachment says its investigation is under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch and is “continuing to look into the circumstances surrounding other recent suspicious deaths at the hospital.”