Pottsville hospital is state's first ...

Pottsville hospital is state's first Level III trauma center --...

There are 20 comments on the The Morning Call story from Oct 12, 2007, titled Pottsville hospital is state's first Level III trauma center --.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A Pottsville hospital is the first in the state to be designated a Level III trauma center.

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Arthur T

Allentown, PA

#1 Oct 12, 2007
Yea, this is all well and good so long as Dr. Theresa Fonash isn't working when you've got a medical emergency. Certainly don't go to her if you've got chest pain, she'll send you right home.
Teresa

Shenandoah, PA

#2 Oct 17, 2007
Unfortunately I must disagree. In a recent experience with my brother-in-law quite the opposite was true. I think the truth must be spoken. It was one of the most upsetting experiences I have had to deal with in a long time. Things were out of control and a man suffered many extra hours due to the treatment he received in the Good Samaritan Emergency Room.
dead beat

Houston, TX

#3 Dec 20, 2008
Libel, slander, and private action
American tort liability for defamatory speech or publications—slander and libel—traces its origins to English law. The nature of American defamation law was vitally changed by the Supreme Court in 1964, in deciding New York Times Co. v. Sullivan 376 U.S. 254 (1964). The New York Times had published an advertisement indicating that officials in Montgomery, Alabama had acted violently in suppressing the protests of African-Americans during the Civil rights movement. The Montgomery Police Commissioner, L. B. Sullivan, sued the Times for libel on the grounds that the advertisement damaged his reputation. The Supreme Court unanimously overruled the $500,000 judgment against the Times. Justice William J. Brennan suggested that public officials may sue for libel only if the publisher published the statements in question with "actual malice."
The actual malice standard applies to both public officials and public figures, including celebrities. Though the details vary from state to state, private individuals normally need only to prove negligence on the part of the defendant.
In Greenbelt Cooperative Publishing Association, Inc. v. Bresler, 398 U.S. 6 (1970), the Supreme Court ruled that a Greenbelt News Review article, which quoted a visitor to a city council meeting who characterized Bresler's aggressive stance in negotiating with the city as "blackmail", was not libelous since nobody could believe anyone was claiming that Bresler had committed the crime of blackmail and that the statement was essentially hyperbole (i.e., obviously an opinion).
The Supreme Court ruled in Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc. 418 U.S. 323 (1974), opinions could not be considered defamatory. It is thus permissible to suggest, for instance, that someone is a bad lawyer, but not permissible to falsely declare that the lawyer is ignorant of the law: the former constitutes a statement of values, but the latter is a statement alleging a fact.
More recently, in Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co., 497 U.S. 1 (1990), the Supreme Court backed off from the protection from "opinion" announced in Gertz. The court in Milkovich specifically held that there is no wholesale exemption to defamation law for statements labeled "opinion," but instead that a statement must be provably false (falsifiable) before it can be the subject of a libel suit.
Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 (1988) extended the "actual malice" standard to intentional infliction of emotional distress in a ruling which protected a parodic caricature. In the ruling, "actual malice" was described as "knowledge that the statement was false or with reckless disregard whether or not it was true."
Ordinarily, the First Amendment only applies to prohibit direct government censorship. The protection from libel suits recognizes that the power of the state is needed to enforce a libel judgment between private persons. The Supreme Court's scrutiny of defamation suits is thus sometimes considered part of a broader trend in U.S. jurisprudence away from the strict state action requirement, and into the application of First Amendment principles when private actors invoke state power.
Rick

Annapolis, MD

#4 Apr 16, 2009
I agree.I went to the hospital and Dr. Fonash was the most rude, inconsiderate and uncaring doctor I have ever had. It was like my illness was an inconvience to her.
Walter

Reading, PA

#5 Aug 4, 2010
Dr. Fonash was terrible. She did not care at all. I left still feeling terrible. I went to another hospital and was treated much better and received the proper care to take care of my problem. I won't ever go to her again.
Geo

Morristown, NJ

#6 Aug 5, 2010
The "former Pottsville Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital" have become nothing more than airports for Lifeflight and Medivac. For an alleged "Trauma center" you would think that they would be in the business of providing some care instead of shipping eveyone off to a better hospital.
Dead Beat

Chicago, IL

#7 Aug 5, 2010
What he said
old meth mouth

Cressona, PA

#8 Aug 6, 2010
i went there for a toothache and they wanted to fly me to geisinger. some doctor was mumbling in a foreign language while the lady behind the counter played with her pen.

i was truly skookified for my life.
vicki

Scranton, PA

#9 Oct 7, 2010
I totally disagree. When I went to the old Pottsville Hospital for my emergency I was treated very well by the entire ER staff. Everyone, including Dr. Fonash was wonderful. You must have been either a rude SOB or an ungrateful slob. Not everyone who goes to an emergency room leaves "cured." Maybe your expectations of your illness were unrealistic, or you wanted a miracle. Next time cut some slack to all healthcare workers. They have to deal with demanding and rude people on a daily basis.
sunny squirrel

Scranton, PA

#10 Oct 7, 2010
i went there looking for my nuts and she blew me and said,"there they are!"
One Ball Bobby

Leck Kill, PA

#11 Oct 7, 2010
i went there one time because i only had one nut....then I realized I was born that way.
Jim Wapner

Pottsville, PA

#12 Oct 8, 2010
One time i went to the pottsville hospital for severe stomach pain, I thought it was my appendix, well they ran some test, and came back told me I was pregnant, I told the lady that was impossible, I'm a male, she said it doesn't matter males can get pregnant!!!! So they sent me to the delivery room where I gave birth to a healty turd..........
hospitalfun

United States

#13 Oct 9, 2010
hey i understand
One Ball Bobby

Leck Kill, PA

#14 Oct 9, 2010
thats like telling me i have two balls. i know i don't
fat prison guard

Leck Kill, PA

#15 Oct 10, 2010
are potato chips considered health food?
Jack Lalanne

Pottsville, PA

#16 Oct 10, 2010
fat prison guard wrote:
are potato chips considered health food?
Only the kettle cooked are healty, to make regular chips healty, add bacon grease, or use tons of dip.
fat prison guard

Leck Kill, PA

#17 Oct 10, 2010
thanks. i knew i was doin sumin wrong.

if i inhale a fart am i helping the environment?

Since: Oct 10

Orlando, FL

#18 Oct 12, 2010
old meth mouth wrote:
i went there for a toothache and they wanted to fly me to geisinger. some doctor was mumbling in a foreign language while the lady behind the counter played with her pen.
i was truly skookified for my life.
Is it possible they wanted you to go to a facility with a Rehab unit that specializes in Addictions counseling? Hmmm could that be possible "meth mouth"?

P.S. Meth rots your teeth.

Since: Oct 10

Orlando, FL

#19 Oct 12, 2010
Jim Wapner wrote:
One time i went to the pottsville hospital for severe stomach pain, I thought it was my appendix, well they ran some test, and came back told me I was pregnant, I told the lady that was impossible, I'm a male, she said it doesn't matter males can get pregnant!!!! So they sent me to the delivery room where I gave birth to a healty turd..........
They only told you that because the Nurses on the Maternity unit look like men. See they were just confused.

What did you name your 6 lb. turd?

Since: Oct 10

Orlando, FL

#20 Oct 12, 2010
Arthur T wrote:
Yea, this is all well and good so long as Dr. Theresa Fonash isn't working when you've got a medical emergency. Certainly don't go to her if you've got chest pain, she'll send you right home.
She sent you home with chest pain? could it have been an "Anxiety attack"? If your EKG was normal and cardiac enzymes were negative, then you weren't having a heart attack. What diagnosis did they give you?

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