State investigates Mercy Medical Cent...

State investigates Mercy Medical Center after deaths

There are 488 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 11, 2008, titled State investigates Mercy Medical Center after deaths. In it, Newsday reports that:

The state Health Department said it is investigating the deaths of three patients at Mercy Medical Center after a surgeon accused a physician assistant of improperly performing invasive procedures.

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CBunny

Charlottesville, VA

#21 Feb 12, 2008
They "took corrective action", huh? Did they bring the patient back to life?
theymurderedmygr andma

Clifton Park, NY

#22 Feb 12, 2008
My elderly grandmother was at their "Mercy" after hip surgery. They had her hands and feet tied down so she wouldn't remove her lines. There was nothing I could do about this. The nurses were not at all cooperative. She died there. Internal bleeding. Yes, she was elderly. It's like they threw her away. Real "Merciful".

It's about bottom line people. Not illegal aliens (stupid moron joe from brooklyn, you fool) It's about greed.
and profits.
Islander

Stony Brook, NY

#23 Feb 12, 2008
A patient being restrained so they can't remove their lines is a very common practice, however, there are other ways to restrain a patient, i.e. medication, so that in the case of an elderly patient their last days aren't being spent all tied up.

Please accept my condolences.
theymurderedmygrandma wrote:
My elderly grandmother was at their "Mercy" after hip surgery. They had her hands and feet tied down so she wouldn't remove her lines. There was nothing I could do about this. The nurses were not at all cooperative. She died there. Internal bleeding. Yes, she was elderly. It's like they threw her away. Real "Merciful".
It's about bottom line people. Not illegal aliens (stupid moron joe from brooklyn, you fool) It's about greed.
and profits.
Okay Then

Flushing, NY

#24 Feb 12, 2008
JCK wrote:
I've read all the articles on this current story and many of the comments. I think that it is flat out horrible that people draw so many conclusions without knowing the whole story. Unfortunately this is human nature. The truth is that I personally know all parties involved in this story. Dr. Anthony Colantonio is not who he seems to be from these articles and interviews. He was originally a general surgeon at Winthrop University Hospital and got forced to leave (aka fired) for substance abuse. He then went on to work at Mercy Hospital where he was again "forced to leave" do to unprofessional behavior. He is currently a general surgeon at Franklin Hospital. Dr. C is obviously trying to jump start his broken career by crying out to the public about situations that they can't possibly fully understand. To someone not in the medical field, these articles seem terrible and scary. To someone in the medical field like myself, the situations described about the PA's supposed wrong doing don't even make one bit of sense. The bottom line is that people should not jump the gun (like in the Duke rape case!) and draw conclusions from stories they read. Most of the time they are 95% false or at the very least misleading.
I worked at Mercy for many years. Recently I went there because my husband had a kidney stone attack. Let me tell you what I saw and what happened...First off it was a PA who checked on my husband. We were there for 8 hours. Why I still don't know. Even when the ER was quiet, he sat there in pain. Then they had to draw blood 3 time because someone (the nurse) mislabeled the blood vials 2 times! Then in the ct room they had a student who didn't know what they were doing start my husbands catscan. Like I said I worked there for years in a very busy department and thought it was still run well. Boy was I wrong! Never again would I go back there. So as far as you saying this doesn't make sense.....trust me it makes sense. If it was me and a procedure had to be done that was invasive, I would demand a doctor and NOT a PA do the job. Better to be safe then sorry. Mercy really has taken a nose dive!
Steve

AOL

#25 Feb 12, 2008
JCK wrote:
I've read all the articles on this current story and many of the comments. I think that it is flat out horrible that people draw so many conclusions without knowing the whole story. Unfortunately this is human nature. The truth is that I personally know all parties involved in this story. Dr. Anthony Colantonio is not who he seems to be from these articles and interviews. He was originally a general surgeon at Winthrop University Hospital and got forced to leave (aka fired) for substance abuse. He then went on to work at Mercy Hospital where he was again "forced to leave" do to unprofessional behavior. He is currently a general surgeon at Franklin Hospital. Dr. C is obviously trying to jump start his broken career by crying out to the public about situations that they can't possibly fully understand. To someone not in the medical field, these articles seem terrible and scary. To someone in the medical field like myself, the situations described about the PA's supposed wrong doing don't even make one bit of sense. The bottom line is that people should not jump the gun (like in the Duke rape case!) and draw conclusions from stories they read. Most of the time they are 95% false or at the very least misleading.
Forgive me for asking but are you on the Board of Directors at Mercy Hospital?
BiBi Upstate Ukie

Albany, NY

#26 Feb 12, 2008
The PA should definately NOT be allowed to perform ANY procedures on any patient. The person has a horrible track record - suspend them.
Voice of Reason

Howell, NJ

#27 Feb 12, 2008
While indeed, Mercy is not the hospital it once was, many of the individual stories are just that, individuals. That certainly is not an excuse though, under current healthcare industry quality control standards. On the flipside, it does seem very suspect the way the doctor has chosen to "blow the whistle" since things like this are initially supposed to go before an internal medical review board in a hospital setting. It is even more suspect, if in fact, this doctor was previously dismissed, and the fact that he accuses only one person. It is purely speculation, but did he have an axe to grind with this PA for some reason? All thoughts to consider when looking at this situation.
Know the whole truth

United States

#28 Feb 12, 2008
On the face of it, this looks like a terrible story of hospital coverup. The whole truth is different.
The reporter should look into the history of Dr. Anthony Colantonio. He has lost priviledges at Winthrop prior to working at Mercy. This was done by their medical review comm., all doctors.
The reporter should also ask if he is presently under care for mental health problems including prescribed drugs.
Whistle blowers deserve protection. This Dr. Colantonio is nothing more then a disturbed person in need of help and should not be practicing medicine.
jaxgirl821

Stony Brook, NY

#29 Feb 12, 2008
This is like a pissing contest, he said she said blah, blah, blah. Meanwhile people are dying and no one is watching. Why not investigate this doctors allegations rather than maligning him becasue of something that may or may not be true. How about caring about the patitents first?
Henny

New Hyde Park, NY

#31 Feb 12, 2008
theymurderedmygrandma wrote:
My elderly grandmother was at their "Mercy" after hip surgery. They had her hands and feet tied down so she wouldn't remove her lines. There was nothing I could do about this. The nurses were not at all cooperative. She died there. Internal bleeding. Yes, she was elderly. It's like they threw her away. Real "Merciful".
It's about bottom line people. Not illegal aliens (stupid moron joe from brooklyn, you fool) It's about greed.
and profits.
Ummm...
A US is the same as a US newspaper: neither has made a profit in more than 15 years. And the greed isn't in the hospital, it's in the insurance companies.
Mark R

Chicago, IL

#32 Feb 12, 2008
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Mercy hads very serious deficencies when they were going thru recertifaction from the Joint Commision (JAHCO). Seems not many are aware of propper procures let alone follow them.
Sun Of The Beach

Randolph, NJ

#33 Feb 12, 2008
These morons are the same as murderers. They provide the same reult at 50,000 % more cost
Dave

AOL

#34 Feb 12, 2008
He's complaining about ONE so called PA who had three people die after working on them. Do you want this PA working on your mother. The hard copy of Newsday explains what training a Pa needs and what they are allowed to do. SCARY.
From the article:Colantonio said he had complained to the hospital for more than a year about the physician assistant, whom he said lacked the skill to do invasive procedures and was acting without appropriate supervision.
former LIer

Saint Petersburg, FL

#35 Feb 12, 2008
So....

what is the PA's name????
Not Compassionate

Stony Brook, NY

#36 Feb 12, 2008
JCK wrote:
I've read all the articles on this current story and many of the comments. I think that it is flat out horrible that people draw so many conclusions without knowing the whole story. Unfortunately this is human nature. The truth is that I personally know all parties involved in this story. Dr. Anthony Colantonio is not who he seems to be from these articles and interviews. He was originally a general surgeon at Winthrop University Hospital and got forced to leave (aka fired) for substance abuse. He then went on to work at Mercy Hospital where he was again "forced to leave" do to unprofessional behavior. He is currently a general surgeon at Franklin Hospital. Dr. C is obviously trying to jump start his broken career by crying out to the public about situations that they can't possibly fully understand. To someone not in the medical field, these articles seem terrible and scary. To someone in the medical field like myself, the situations described about the PA's supposed wrong doing don't even make one bit of sense. The bottom line is that people should not jump the gun (like in the Duke rape case!) and draw conclusions from stories they read. Most of the time they are 95% false or at the very least misleading.
Question is really: Why is Dr C still permitted to operate???? He gives his patients the wrong conception of care.
Test

Chicago, IL

#37 Feb 12, 2008
This is a test posting
DR COLANTONIO PATIENT

Northbrook, IL

#38 Feb 12, 2008
TEST POSTING
Dave

AOL

#39 Feb 12, 2008
Hey JCK. News12 says this story is growing like crazy with people coming forward with the putrid care they are getting and got here. See News12 7PM tonight to talk about it.
Justice

New York, NY

#40 Feb 12, 2008
JCK wrote:
I've read all the articles on this current story and many of the comments. I think that it is flat out horrible that people draw so many conclusions without knowing the whole story. Unfortunately this is human nature. The truth is that I personally know all parties involved in this story. Dr. Anthony Colantonio is not who he seems to be from these articles and interviews. He was originally a general surgeon at Winthrop University Hospital and got forced to leave (aka fired) for substance abuse. He then went on to work at Mercy Hospital where he was again "forced to leave" do to unprofessional behavior. He is currently a general surgeon at Franklin Hospital. Dr. C is obviously trying to jump start his broken career by crying out to the public about situations that they can't possibly fully understand. To someone not in the medical field, these articles seem terrible and scary. To someone in the medical field like myself, the situations described about the PA's supposed wrong doing don't even make one bit of sense. The bottom line is that people should not jump the gun (like in the Duke rape case!) and draw conclusions from stories they read. Most of the time they are 95% false or at the very least misleading.
Hope you are correct in your information about Dr. Colantanio and your statements are available as part of public record, if not, you have just committed an act of slander against this physician and he could request your IP address be traced and sue you. I'll do him the favor of mailing the post to him with my business card. Don't bother tossing the computer.
The Interested 1

AOL

#41 Feb 12, 2008
This guy seems to be mad for being terminated; and that's the reason why he's acting so vindictive. It's seems like he's trying to spite the hospitalfor letting him go...

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