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Woman says Integris Health policy violated religious beliefs

Maggie McBane, of Grove, had objections to using biometric palm scanners that Integris uses to collect patient information. McBane was concerned that the company was lying to patients and that the system was too similar to the “mark of the beast,” referenced in Revelation in the Bible.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: April 25, 2013 at 10:28 pm •  Published: April 26, 2013

Integris then gave McBane two options — be transferred to an Integris facility in Miami, OK, or find another job within the company within 30 days — or be fired, McBane said.

“Integris has a responsibility to do its part to help resolve conflicts between job duties and religious needs,” Cayot said. “Therefore, Integris honored our employee's request by not requiring her to use the palm scanner. Instead, Integris reasonably accommodated our employee's religious objection, as we do in all situations, by offering her a similar position, with the same rate of pay, at a nearby facility in Miami, Oklahoma.”

McBane said she can't work in Miami because it's a one-hour commute each way, and at a salary of $10.90 an hour, it's not worth it.

McBane said employees were not told to tell patients that the palm scan was optional. Rather, if a patient had a problem with it, employees were then supposed to tell patients they didn't have to use the system. She said this felt like staff members were misleading patients.

McBane also objected to the fact that she was told to scan only a patient's right hand. The Book of Revelation refers to what's commonly called the “mark of the beast.” It specifically references the right hand, she said. The reference is in Revelation 13:16-18.

“It gives me caution to enroll others that may not realize, as Christians, it may be damaging to their own spirituality,” McBane said.

McBane said she does not hate Integris, and is more hurt than angry.

“It was very frustrating and unfair to us as a family to have this sudden surprise, but I loved my co-workers, and it was a great job,” she said. “I definitely feel a loss — it's more loss than anger.”

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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