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Former Children's Mercy Hospital doctor suspended in Michigan after sexual misconduct allegations

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Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City informed patients Thursday that a former doctor was suspended in Michigan after sexual misconduct allegations. 

Dr. Mark Hoeltzel was a pediatric rheumatologist who was on staff at Children's Mercy from 2007-2013. 

Hoeltzel was suspended by the State of Michigan after allegations of inappropriate care and sexual misconduct with at least two patients in Michigan, one of whom was just 11 years old. He is no longer a Michigan medicine employee. 

Raymond Cassar, Hoeltzel’s attorney, said: “We’re looking into the status of his medical license and what we are going to do with respect to the suspension. But right now again, it is important to remind everyone that he is presumed innocent."

Children's Mercy provided the following statement to KCTV5 News: 

Our patients’ well-being is our highest priority, and the allegations in Michigan are serious. After learning of the suspension of his license by Michigan, we reached out via the letter below (and attached) to Dr. Hoeltzel’s patients and their families during his time at Children’s Mercy. Dr. Hoeltzel was a pediatric rheumatologist on staff at Children’s Mercy from 2007 to 2013, and he has not been employed at Children’s Mercy since then.
We know this is disturbing news for our patients and families and we are offering them resources, including an informational webpage and a dedicated phone line and email box staffed by licensed social workers. 

Hoeltzel had not been charged as of Friday evening and the investigating is ongoing.

In the letter to Hoeltzel's former patients in Kansas City, the hospital told them they have staffing available for questions and provided contact information for reporting complaints.

They said they are launching a full investigation to see if any of its patients were put in harm's way.

The hospital declined to answer any questions about previously lodged complaints against Hoeltzel and why he left Children's Mercy.

On Friday, KCTV5 News spoke with a parent whose daughter was a patient of his for five years while he worked at Kansas. 

She never thought she'd receive a letter like the one she got. 

“'The suspension follows allegations of inappropriate care and sexual misconduct with at least two patients in Michigan,'" quoted Michelle Meza. "That’s what got me," she said. "I couldn’t believe it. I was like, 'Wow. No way.'”

Meza was in shock when the learned Hoeltzel had been suspended in Michigan. 

"He was wonderful," Meza recalled. "He was nice. He was smiling. He was so good with her. He had her running the halls seeing how she walked. I just can’t believe this, the allegations being made about him.”

He had treated her daughter for junior rheumatoid arthritis for five years while he was in Kansas before he went to work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

“I’m just so thankful that I was there with her, knowing these allegations being made," Meza said. "I am thankful that I know nothing did occur with her.”

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