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Former HRMC doctor's lawsuit claims mistakes led to 2 deaths | ...

There are 135 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Feb 26, 2008, titled Former HRMC doctor's lawsuit claims mistakes led to 2 deaths | .... In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

A patient's intravenous needle was left dripping onto the floor, another patient went without prescribed antibiotics for three days and one woman told a doctor she feared the nursing staff, a former Haywood ...

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Concerned

Lincolnton, NC

#136 Feb 28, 2008
Mike wrote:
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Medical care is still available. The hospital has stated that they are going to absorb the cost of treating some of the Medicare/Caid patients. The building and staff are still there providing health care. Emergency services are still intact. There is no loss of service. Frankly, that organization is so much under the microscope NOW may the best time to be treated there. Although I personally could not in good conscience recommend them to anyone. We all have our own experiences with the place. So far atleast two of those "responsible" have left. Many more should follow. Your argument doesn't hold water.
My argument not only holds water, it will overflow it big time if medicare (which is Federal and by our government) ceases their funding permanently. Even temporarily they have wreaked havoc and there is indeed loss of service. Surgery is suspended among other things as per Dr. Markoff. The hospital will not be able to sustain the rest for long. Two people leaving to avoid personal accountability hardly accounts for individuals responsible being targeted rather than the community as a whole. You don't want to go there or recommend anyone else go there that's fine but don't tell me that I don't have a say as to how I feel about the government not taking care of and punishing it's innocent people. I am not on medicaid. I pay taxes. I pay out the ying-yang for insurance. I pay my hospital expenses that insurance doesn't cover which is plenty!
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Eddyville, KY

#137 Feb 28, 2008
Haywood County native wrote:
My sincere sympathies and blessings to the families that have suffered.
When will we hear all the story? How about actual names of the incompetent doctors? Let the people of Haywood hear the real story and ALL of it!!!!!!
First incompetent doctor's name is Dr. Aloha Bryson.
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Eddyville, KY

#138 Feb 28, 2008
Dr Colantonio wrote:
Besides I am tired of trying to sleep with the board members. I have bared it all several times before and have had not even a smack on the butt. Come on man, what does a gay man have to do? Im fairly young, good looking, a surgeon and am gay as a football bat. You would think that getting it up the a$$ wouldnt be so hard to do
This is completely inappropriate!! Guess you didn't see that you went from "AOL" to Clyde, NC all of a sudden. These are supposed to be blogs that are constructive for the improvement of the hospital. People like you don't help anything!
Surprised

Lincolnton, NC

#139 Feb 28, 2008
from NC wrote:
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Well, then perhaps you should be careful in how you state your point!! It definitely appeared that you were insulting the family member. You certainly appear to know a lot about the situation-HMMM???
HMMM, probably the nurse on duty!!!
countrydrumman

Waynesville, NC

#140 Feb 29, 2008
I don't know about all this other stuff people has posted.But I can tell you about my Father-in-law, His health had been declining for a while,he would have to go to the ER via Rescue Squad which by the way were very good to him and gave great care to him.This didn't happen just once or twice,it happened several times,like I said his health was declining.He would stay in the ER several hours while they "found" him a bed.Then he would stay in the hospital normally 4 or 5 days.He would be discharged and we would take him home with a Staph infection. Not just once or twice but every time he went to the hospital.I am just guessing he had over 20 Staph infections over the last 3 years of his life.
Business major

AOL

#141 Mar 1, 2008
Another Nurse wrote:
I do not believe the hospital should close, but we do have a hard job ahead of us to get it back on track. But I do believe that Al Byers, Nancy Freeman, Eileen Lipham and the board all need to resign and lets start a clean slate. Already Al Byers has posted a lie in the newspaper, by stating that Shirley Harris was set to leave the end of February. The last word we heard from the hospital and Mr. Rice (A couple of weeks ago) was that she was staying til June. Seems to me the lies just keep on coming.
I know that myself as well as many of my co-workers, and I have to assume alot of the public, will never again believe the administration of this hospital to tell us the truth. Nancy Freeman admits to withholding info from the Board. So I think its imperative to get rid of the old liars and withholders, and at least get some new ones we don't know.
As for Mr. Rice and the rest of administration blaming the nurses for this whole mess, now that the truth comes out, we should get a public apology. I know we are part of the problem, but we sure are not the whole problem.
This has been the problem for years, all important information is simply swept under the rug or simply forgotten! Ok now what really happened to Ms. Harris, here are three versions for you guys out there: She resigned (ACT lists that), her contract was set to end (ACT lists that per A. Byers although it was going to continue like you said through June)
now the latest is "she was unable to complete her final week at HRMC due to the death of her brother" Now what is it, do we get to pick a story and go with it!!!!!!!

“You can't fix stupid”

Since: Feb 08

Mayberry

#142 Mar 1, 2008
Haywood County native wrote:
My sincere sympathies and blessings to the families that have suffered.
When will we hear all the story? How about actual names of the incompetent doctors? Let the people of Haywood hear the real story and ALL of it!!!!!!
You want the names of the imcompetent doctors? Aloha Bryson.
Former HRMC Nurse

San Francisco, CA

#143 Mar 3, 2008
exhaywddoc wrote:
I have worked in most of the hospitals in Western NC as a physician. The problem is not just at Haywood, it is widespread. It is not just in WNC. The problems ARE worse than usual at HRMC. But if you polled a large number of patients and families from ANY hospital in the area you would get some horror stories and some wonderful ones.
The problems at HRMC are worse primarily due to the Administration, whose primary goal was to keep the hospital profitable, nursing was short shifted, other staff were short shifted, all were overworked, corners were cut, anyone who dared to complain was singled out and threatened or fired. Physicians who stood up were ignored by Administration just like Dr Bryson, or fired, like the previous ER group. Physicians who supported administration, like the radiology group, were given expensive new equipment, even when the State said it wasnt necessary.
The Hospital Board was chosen by the County Commissioners solely because they would support the Administration. Do not believe the current Hospital Board OR the County Commissioners, they have known about issues for several YEARS. They chose to ignore them and support Mr Rice. They sowed the seeds and now try to blame someone else for the harvest!
You got that right!!

“We gotta stick together!”

Since: Sep 07

Ashevegas

#144 Mar 4, 2008
Advice wrote:
To the people of Haywood County:
Pass up the Asheville hospitals!!! I hear Park Ridge is pretty good, don't know anything about
Harris in Sylva. But by all means, stay away from
Mission and St. Joe's.
I guess everyone's situation and experience is different, but I will say that I had EXCELLENT care at St. Jo's.

I have family in Haywood County, many of them elderly and unable to get to Asheville without an act of congress. Ambulance rides are not free.

I have never seen healthcare in this country in such a mess. How did it get this way? Is it all the malpractice suits, filtering down into lack of folks training in medical professions?
Parent

AOL

#145 Mar 4, 2008
In defense of my child, I have always taught her to stand up for what is/was right.
Sanaaih

Denver, NC

#146 Mar 5, 2008
When any administration starts advising doctors to TELL the risk manager about mistakes, DON'T REPORT MISTAKES IN WRITING, that is a HUGE RED FLAG to the public that far too many mistakes are occurring and the administration is trying to eliminate the paper trail. That kind of deception cannot go on at a hospital and is the most damning single fact I read in Dr. Bryson's lawsuit. It scares me to death to wonder what mistakes by others were only orally reported and never made it to a report.
Amused

Lincolnton, NC

#147 Mar 5, 2008
adele17 wrote:
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You want the names of the imcompetent doctors? Aloha Bryson.
In the end we will see who the incompetent people are and I believe you will find that nursing will take the hit.
lanelocust48

Eddyville, KY

#148 Mar 6, 2008
I have had some bad experiences with family members at HRMC....ER doc did not listen to me when I told him exactly what was wrong with my mother (and yes, I do have medical experience).
He went ahead and started an IV for pneumonia when it actually turned out to be exactly what I said it was---CHF!
I have personally experienced Mission hospital on several occasions. Er---is slow and very inconsiderate of me when I was in a minor MVA and was left on the backboard for several hours. I wasn't allowed to move or go to the bathroom when I asked to go. A friend of mine asked the nursing staff if they couldn't remove the board (I didn't have a neck injury. The nurses on one surgical floor assumed that I was asleep and they were talking about my case...and I heard them. They laughed at the remark that I didn't find too funny at all.
So, all hospitals and other medical facilities does have their ups and downs.
Personally speaking, my mother had a wonderful experience at Harris Regional. The hospitalist took the time to ask her direct questions and was willing to tell the family what was going on. He was in the room for at least 30 minutes. Never had I experienced this in other regional hospitals....HRMC, Mission, Park Ridge, Pardee...so I think Harris Regional is ok.
lanelocust48

Eddyville, KY

#149 Mar 6, 2008
Former HRMC Nurse wrote:
<quoted text> You got that right!!
AMEN TO THAT ONE! THESE CHARGES STARTED FROM 2006! NOT JANUARY 2008!

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DUKE'S NEGLIGENT CASES ARE THAT THEY DIDN'T HIDE IT WHEREAS, HRMC TRIED AND SUCCESSFULLY HID "THE UNFORTUNATES" FOR YEARS!
AIN'T THAT A SHAME THEY HAVE BEEN CAUGHT!
THE ADMINISTRATION OUGHT TO BE PUBLICLY HUMILIATED BY BEING FIRED IN PERSON WITH THE ORDINARY CITIZEN WATCHING!

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS CAN'T EVEN RUN THE COUNTY SMOOTHLY....WHAT CAN ONE EXPECT ABOUT MEDICAL BUSINESS?
EMT1915

Canton, NC

#150 Apr 24, 2009
"His health had been declining for a while,he would have to go to the ER via Rescue Squad which by the way were very good to him and gave great care to him."

WE ARE NOT THE RESCUE SQUAD!!!!!!!!!! We are first responders/EMT's. At the ambulance service is HAYWOOD EMS! If you only knew how ashaming it is to be called the rescue squad.

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