State hospital psychiatrist with history of misconduct resigns
RUSK — A Rusk State Hospital psychiatrist who had been sanctioned twice for having sexual relationships with his patients resigned Wednesday amid allegations that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work.
Gary Paul Kula, 60, resigned one day after being notified that the hospital had begun disciplinary action against him because he appeared to be impaired at work, according to documents from the Department of State Health Services, which oversees mental health hospitals.
Reached at home, Kula declined to comment.
Agency spokeswoman Carrie Williams said that if Kula had not resigned, he would have been fired. She added that the psychiatrist apparently never treated patients while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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