Vail Mountain Resort and Spa has reached a settlement with the city of Vail after it was revealed that its orthopedic team failed to see or treat nearly 1,500 patients over a five-year period.
The hospital announced the settlement Wednesday, saying the settlement would include $3.6 million in compensation and $300,000 in reimbursement to the city.
The settlement was reached following an investigation into whether the orthopedist who worked at Vail during that time missed at least two other orthopedists, including a doctor who had previously worked at the resort.
In its settlement, the city said it would also work with Orthopaedic Associates of Utah to establish a new orthopedisician.
The agreement was approved unanimously by the city council Wednesday.
In an interview with ABC News affiliate KTVT-TV, orthopedologist Robert Ritchie said he was not aware of the other orthopaedists at the Vail resort who were not being treated as efficiently as he was.
“I was too lazy to see these patients,” Ritchie told KTVE.
“I was really concerned that I wasn’t going to see them. I wasn