Poland probes allegations Stryker employees bribed hospital officials


WARSAW, Poland — Prosecutors in Poland are investigating allegations that employees of the Polish branch of Kalamazoo-based Stryker Corp. offered bribes to hospital officials across the country in order to secure deals.

Dozens of private apartments and offices have been searched in recent months for evidence of allegations that between 2003-06 employees of Stryker — a medical equipment manufacturer — offered bribes to hospital heads to win tenders worth hundreds of thousands of zlotys, said Leszek Golawski, prosecutor in the southern city of Katowice.

He could not say whether the evidence gathered from hospital and Stryker Poland documents could lead to indictments. The case involves some 100 people and 51 hospitals.

There was no immediate comment from Stryker Corp. in Poland or the company's Kalamazoo office on Friday.

In a separate case concerning Stryker Poland, a court in Olsztyn earlier this year overturned an indictment and a prison term for a local hospital director a lower court had found guilty of accepting bribes from Stryker. The case will go back to court.

Stryker is one of the world's biggest medical, reconstructive and surgical technology companies, making equipment and prosthetics.


Stryker's Kalamazoo office responded Wednesday to inquiries from the Business Journal.

"As a matter of company policy, Stryker does not comment on legal matters," said Jo Johnson, Stryker public affairs analyst, in an email.

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