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Woman Sues 2 Central Ohio Hospitals Over Husband's Death | Ohio News Network (ONN)

There are 95 comments on the 10TV WBNS story from May 26, 2011, titled Woman Sues 2 Central Ohio Hospitals Over Husband's Death | Ohio News Network (ONN). In it, 10TV WBNS reports that:

Kimberly Ward lost her husband of 11 years in 2009 and on Thursday said that there is someone to blame for his death.

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GC girl

Columbus, OH

#1 May 26, 2011
From personal experience, I know that Fayette County Hospital is a joke! You should never go there for anything other than a scratch.
SEO RN

Zanesville, OH

#2 May 26, 2011
It is devastating to lose someone you love.
But really?
Nurses and physicians INSIDE the hospital could care less what type of insurance you have. We usually don't even know what kind you have. We get paid whether you have insurance or not and whether you pay your bill or not.
Nickels

Detroit, MI

#3 May 26, 2011
Wow. My loved one was sick. My loved one died. Someone owes me money because my loved one died. Wtf?!?!

And to blame it on him not having health insurance? Sorry not buying it. Everyone is treated the same at the hospital regardless if they are Medicaid medicare third party payer or self pay claims.

Odds are he left the hospital on his own accord when told he had the flu and took a turn for the worst. Unfortunately he died from complications, but if blaming the people who tried to save your loved one will bring you peace then go for it.
Aimee

United States

#4 May 26, 2011
SEO RN wrote:
It is devastating to lose someone you love.
But really?
Nurses and physicians INSIDE the hospital could care less what type of insurance you have. We usually don't even know what kind you have. We get paid whether you have insurance or not and whether you pay your bill or not.
That is very true. I work as an RN in a PICU, and we have no knowledge of how a Child's bill will be paid, or if it is ever paid.for that matter from one admission to the next...Insurance, and billing is not our expertise.We care for all Patients the same.
Ignorance

Fostoria, OH

#6 May 26, 2011
Nickels wrote:
Wow. My loved one was sick. My loved one died. Someone owes me money because my loved one died.****?!?!
And to blame it on him not having health insurance? Sorry not buying it. Everyone is treated the same at the hospital regardless if they are Medicaid medicare third party payer or self pay claims.
Odds are he left the hospital on his own accord when told he had the flu and took a turn for the worst. Unfortunately he died from complications, but if blaming the people who tried to save your loved one will bring you peace then go for it.
I hope someday you will have to go on Medicaid or Medicare, and end up in a hospital, rehab facility or nursing home and find out for yourself what they really pay for. And see the "nice care" that you are given. I believe you will then remember how ignorant you are. Better yet, I hope you lose your insurance and really, really need medical help. It will be only then when you realize how ignorant you are.
Suzyq

Grass Valley, CA

#7 May 26, 2011
I know for a fact that Mt. Carmel hospital treats ALL patients, regardless of their ability to pay. You will see resident physicians if you are sick enough to be admitted to the hospital, but these are not medical students or interns. All ER physicians are board certified emergency physicians, not residents. If this man did not have a family doctor, then he probably was treated by resident physicians or a hospitalist, both very capable. Sorry for her loss, but to blame it on a different level of care based on his lack of insurance is inaccurate.
Cathy

Bucyrus, OH

#8 May 26, 2011
Chris was a very loveable Person who desvered alot better. If the Dr. would have done there jobs he would be here for those two Little g;,rls and his step Son. We alll love and miss you Chris if:
Merica

Grove City, OH

#9 May 27, 2011
When you first come to the hospital, you sign a consent form that TELLS you that it's a teaching hospital, and you agree to be seen and treated by a resident - who is a doctor. I'm not sure why this lady thinks residents are not doctors, but there is one more problem with this case.

This lady will have to prove that when the first hospital sent her husband home, they deviated from the standard of care, i.e., a physician under the same/similar circumstances would have sent her husband home. Flu like symptoms always get sent home. Even if patients tested positive for H1N1 via nasal swab, they were still sent home, as most H1N1 patients are not admitted unless they are at high risk for developing severe disease; elderly, children, and pregnant women.

Nurse

United States

#10 May 27, 2011
It is very sad this young man passed away. But unfortunately, sometimes young, healthy people die of flu and pneumonia. Just like seemingly young, healthy people die suddenly from cardiac arrest and heart attacks. Sometimes, it just happens. Where I work, insurance type (or lack of) does not dictate the care you receive. Sorry for this famiy's loss.
Good Nurse

Westerville, OH

#11 May 27, 2011
If we treated people only based on health insurance in Columbus and the Nation, hospitals would be empty. Health care workers treat everyone, no matter the insurance status. Healthcare facilities treat more under insured patients each day. I would trust a resident just as much if not more over a practicing physician.
Anastacia Penwell

Bellevue, OH

#12 May 27, 2011
First all u all should know this lawsuite is not only the fact that he had no insurence, but there other parts to this case, n other things that were done wrong...The insurence part is just a small factor...So before ppl comment on anything they should know the full story....
CC Nurse

Powell, OH

#13 May 27, 2011
As a critical care nurse I have no knowledge of whether my patients are insured or not. It does not matter to me or the physicians treating the patient. Everyone is treated the same whether you are homeless or a millionaire. The residents typically work harder than the attending physician and know more about the patients.
I understand this family's need to know what happened, I hope they get the answers they are looking for and can find some peace. Sometimes young people die, it isn't fair but it happens all the time. I would guarantee it is not an insurance issue.

LLV

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#14 May 27, 2011
Anastacia Penwell wrote:
First all u all should know this lawsuite is not only the fact that he had no insurence, but there other parts to this case, n other things that were done wrong...The insurence part is just a small factor...So before ppl comment on anything they should know the full story....
Okay, then enlighten us. What other parts are there to this case and what things were done wrong?

When someone that young dies, there's usually always something that has gone wrong or something that was DONE wrong. But it shouldn't be an automatic "green light" to become sue-happy. I could blame the whole world for the death of my parents, but you know what? It's not going to bring them back and the more you dwell on something like this, the worse the pain will be. And, especially, if you have two children, think of THEM and not yourself.
Jenn

Columbus, OH

#15 May 27, 2011
I've been on the "without health insurance" side and with and I can tell you from two serious illnesses I've dealt with there is a different in treatment. There's a difference in how quickly you are treated. It may not be the hospitals fault it could have been one or two persons we all know from other stories that could have been the case. As for flu testing ask any physician those could come out negative and you could still be positive, and that goes for other labs too.
Obviously there's more to the story or else the lawyer wouldn't have taken the case to court.
Healthcare professionals would swear that they do not discriminate against anyone regarding anything, be on the receiving end just once and see how you feel!
Anastacia Penwell

Bellevue, OH

#17 May 27, 2011
Well right now we arent aloud 2 really talk bout parts of the case..Yea Im a family memeber actully the sister in law of Chris & Kim..and for u 2 sit back and say its worse on the the kids and all that u have no idea u werent here 4 them u dnt know what they go through everyday..Kim is doin it for their 3kids not just 2 freakin b doing it..another thing the lawyer wouldnt have even botherd with all this and bringing everything back up if something big didnt go wrong..and alot did if they would have done just a couple things different my nephew and 2 niecies would still have thier daddy!
another perspective

Columbus, OH

#18 May 27, 2011
So she will be donating any settlement $$ to a charitable research organization? Moneygrubbinhillbilly
Nickels

United States

#19 May 27, 2011
Ignorance wrote:
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I hope someday you will have to go on Medicaid or Medicare, and end up in a hospital, rehab facility or nursing home and find out for yourself what they really pay for. And see the "nice care" that you are given. I believe you will then remember how ignorant you are. Better yet, I hope you lose your insurance and really, really need medical help. It will be only then when you realize how ignorant you are.
Now you are discussing what they pay for instead of how you're treated. All patients are treated with the best care available regardless of ability to pay. Medicaid and medicare have different rules (which trust me as a medical provider and former coder I know them) that have to be followed as they are healthcare law. I do not follow these rules I lose my license. You don't like the rules? Then write your legislators and get it changed. I only treat every patient to the best of my ability and follow the law. So the only one who is ignorant is the person expecting a medical provider to risk their license and reputation to make an exception for you or your family member.
Nickels

United States

#20 May 27, 2011
Lazy Nurses wrote:
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I KNOW that's a d_a-m lie!! You nurses and "intern" physicians "do what you're told" from higher up the ladder, and you know it. No, the nurse may not know if a patient has insurance or not, but the "Doctors" that you and the intern physicians (croonies) are working for DO KNOW IT. And so does the billing dept. AND THAT DOES EFFECT YOUR TREATMENT!! If you EVEN GET ANY.
And I know for a fact you must be insane. As a doctor I can assure there is no great conspiracy to keep healthcare from those without insurance. There is no evil corporation keeping you waiting for your care. All I know about insurance for treating a patient is I give an icd-9 diagnosis code and a cpt or procedural code for each procedure done and send it on to the billing office. When I'm treating someone I dont worry about if you will pay the bill or not I'm worried about taking care of you. CPT code and ICD-9 codes are the most insurance work I do for my patients.

LLV

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#21 May 27, 2011
Anastacia Penwell wrote:
Well right now we arent aloud 2 really talk bout parts of the case..Yea Im a family memeber actully the sister in law of Chris & Kim..and for u 2 sit back and say its worse on the the kids and all that u have no idea u werent here 4 them u dnt know what they go through everyday..Kim is doin it for their 3kids not just 2 freakin b doing it..another thing the lawyer wouldnt have even botherd with all this and bringing everything back up if something big didnt go wrong..and alot did if they would have done just a couple things different my nephew and 2 niecies would still have thier daddy!
That's very possible. If the hospital my mother was in would have done a few things differently, she wouldn't have died at such an early age. But I'm not going to sue the hospital.

I didn't say it was worse on the kids. I mean that it will be worse for HER if she drags this thing out. And how is she helping the kids by suing the hospitals? I don't understand that. You said she's doing it for the kids. No she isn't, because the kids don't know any better.

Look, I'm not trying to judge your friend. I'm sure she has her reasons. But don't use the kids as an excuse to justify her actions. She can sue the whole blasted state of Ohio, but that's not going to bring her husband back.

One conclusion in cases such as these: it all boils down to the almighty dollar. And that's all.
Details

Columbus, OH

#22 May 27, 2011
Jenn wrote:
I've been on the "without health insurance" side and with and I can tell you from two serious illnesses I've dealt with there is a different in treatment. There's a difference in how quickly you are treated. It may not be the hospitals fault it could have been one or two persons we all know from other stories that could have been the case. As for flu testing ask any physician those could come out negative and you could still be positive, and that goes for other labs too.
Obviously there's more to the story or else the lawyer wouldn't have taken the case to court.
Healthcare professionals would swear that they do not discriminate against anyone regarding anything, be on the receiving end just once and see how you feel!
That's interesting. I've also been on the "no insurance" side and saw absolutely no difference. I was quite ill during two ER trip and they rushed me right back for treatment. They actually didn't even stop to get my financial information. I had two occurances from the same illness, once at Riverside and once at Mt. Carmel West. Both gave me excellent treatment. Now I have excellent insurance and have noticed no difference. Insurance really does not matter at all. They treat you based on your severity of injury or illness based on those around you.

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