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St. Cloud Hospital facing lawsuit by former patients

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The St. Cloud Hospital is facing a lawsuit by four former patients. They are suing both the hospital and a former nurse who admitted siphoning pain medication from IV bags for personal use.

The lawsuit claim that the patients developed bloodstream infections because of Blake Zenner's drug diversion. St. Cloud Hospital spokeswoman Janine Nistler says the hospital believes no patients were substantially harmed. Nistler says the four patients who are suing opted not to meet with the hospital, and instead contacted a lawyer.

Zenner pleaded guilty to stealing the painkiller medication in late 2010 and early 2011.