WARRENVILLE – A neurologist with a history of practicing medicine at Edward-Elmhurst Health and Northwestern Medicine has been charged with misdemeanor battery after a former female patient reported an incident to the Warrenville Police Department July 23.
The former patient of Dr. Henry Echiverri has alleged that during an examination in January 2018, Echiverri inappropriately touched her bare skin below the waistline, and, at the conclusion of the same appointment, hugged her and then kissed her on the cheek, according to a Warrenville Police Department news release posted Dec. 7.
Police investigation led to Echiverri being charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery. A warrant was issued and he was arrested Nov. 29, according to police.He has been released on bond.
"Dr. Henry Echiverri has been a member of the medical staff for 28 years. There have been no other allegations or complaints in that time regarding his conduct," Edward-Elmhurst Hospital spokesman Keith Hartenberger said in an emailed statement Dec. 10. "After a thorough internal investigation, it was determined that Dr. Echiverri would continue to see patients. We take these allegations very seriously and are taking appropriate precautions to ensure patient safety until the legal matter is resolved."
Echiverri was also listed as being on staff at Northwestern Medicine's Central DuPage Hospital as of the morning of Dec. 10. However, when Northwestern Medicine webpages were checked the evening of Dec. 10, Echiverri was unable to be found in the results.
"Dr. Henry Echiverri is not an employee of Northwestern Medicine," Northwestern Medicine spokesman Christopher King said in an emailed statement Dec. 10. "While he has privileges to practice at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, he has not exercised them in recent years. We had no prior knowledge of this allegation and our Medical Staff will take appropriate action once more information regarding this matter is made available."
Warrenville Police Department urges anyone who has information regarding the incident or who may have been a victim of a similar incident, to contact Warrenville Detective Sergeant Dawson at (630) 393-2131.