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State law may spare Danbury Hospital in Saperstein lawsuit

There are 22 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Nov 21, 2008, titled State law may spare Danbury Hospital in Saperstein lawsuit. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

A day before New Year's Eve 2006, Dr. Stanley Saperstein met at Danbury Hospital with Dr.

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RichS

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Nov 21, 2008
My wife also had a similar issue with Danbury Hospital in 2002. Radiology made a mistake and mis-diagnosed her for close to 9 months. By the time we saw the light of day it was too late for legal action as the statue of limitations had run out. My wife died in 2006 and I believe if the cancer was caught early she might still be alive. It was an aggressive form of cancer and probably would have caused an early death, but she would had lived beyond 2006.

She was a warrior.
Chris

Arlington, VT

#2 Nov 21, 2008
Why doesn't Danbury Hospital just admit they made a mistake and apologize to Mrs.Saperstein? It's really pathetic that they have to tie up an already over burdened legal system because they refuse to do the right thing. It just proves that no one is safe or immune from shoddy medical practices, even Dr.Saperstein, who worked there for 35 years. I guess the mendacious, inhumane corporate mentality has completely taken over what used to be a good hospital.
Their time has passed

Naugatuck, CT

#3 Nov 21, 2008
Bingo, you hit it right on the head! You need to look no further than the salaries of the CEO and other executives at the Hospital.
Chris wrote:
I guess the mendacious, inhumane corporate mentality has completely taken over what used to be a good hospital.
Nemesys

Danbury, CT

#4 Nov 21, 2008
"Why doesn't Danbury Hospital just admit they made a mistake and apologize to Mrs.Saperstein?"

According to this article, isn't that exactly what Dr. Braza did?
Nancy

Milford, CT

#5 Nov 21, 2008
Danbury is a good hospital, better than disgusting places like Putnam Hospital in Carmel , NY. That being said mistakes happen snd peoples estates and relatives should be compensated fairly.
CT Yankee

AOL

#6 Nov 21, 2008
In 1996, another area hospital failed to diagnose my Dad's heart attack. His MD said to my family that my father "wanted to die" and denied any wrongdoing. We sued the hospital on 5 counts of negligence, but in CT - settlements/judgements are based on my dad's potential "financial worth" had he lived. Since my dad was a retired farmer, he wasn't "worth much" so the suit was dropped.

Since the suit, 3 very positive things happened: 1. The head of the ER and my dad's MD "retired" 2. They revamped the entire structure, protocols, policies & procedures in the ER 3. They now have actual Board certified cardiologists on staff!

I am hopeful that Danbury Hospital will follow suit and use Dr Saperstein's death as a wake up call to look more closely at their "system" to make sure that everything possible is being done to avoid similar medical mistakes resulting in another loss of life.

Sometimes, it "isn't about the money"
Their time has passed

Naugatuck, CT

#7 Nov 21, 2008
Considering the Hospital is a "non profit" shouldn't we have access to all pay roll records? I know the CEO makes over $900,000 per year but what about the other executives? This place has layers and layers of people walking around carrying clipboards that never touch a patient. Maybe they could settle a negligence suit if all the tax exempt money was not already devoted to executive salaries and bonuses. We were $12 million in the black last year, not a penny paid in taxes, and the executives claim there is no money...except for them.
Joe the Patient

Harrison, NY

#9 Nov 21, 2008
I am not at all surprised that this happened. Our community needs to do something to help this hospital improve. An earlier comment said that Danbury Hospital is a good hospital. Perhaps that person has never experienced a good hospital. Examine the statistics available to the public, and you may have a different take on the TV ads that Danbury Hospital runs. I have had a number of terrible things happen to me. That's why I would not go to this hospital, unless I was taken there unconcious. This is our community hospital, the community should work with the hospital to help it improve.
Nancy

Milford, CT

#10 Nov 21, 2008
Joe the Patient wrote:
I am not at all surprised that this happened. Our community needs to do something to help this hospital improve. An earlier comment said that Danbury Hospital is a good hospital. Perhaps that person has never experienced a good hospital. Examine the statistics available to the public, and you may have a different take on the TV ads that Danbury Hospital runs. I have had a number of terrible things happen to me. That's why I would not go to this hospital, unless I was taken there unconcious. This is our community hospital, the community should work with the hospital to help it improve.
Joe I have experiened sadly 4 area hospitals in the past 8 years, my father at Yale, my Mom at Danbury, my brother sadly at Putnam Hospital in Carmel and My sister in law at Greenwich Hospital. Danbury was as as through as Yale in my experience. As for Putnam Hospital, the mistakes, the filthy conditions, makes me believe in this area , Danbury is a GOOD Hospital. Go visit Putnam Hospital in Carmel and have a loved one die while nurses did not even visit over night .
Disgusting

Raleigh, NC

#11 Nov 21, 2008
Just because the other hospitals are dirty doesnt makr Danbury good. Wake UP!!!
The one thing this sad situation has in its favor is that Dr. Frank Braza is an honest man and he truly cares about the patient. This is NOT the first time that he has gone to the behalf of the patient much to Danbury Hospital's regret and done the right thing, even when Danbury Hospital would not. My loved one died at that hospital as a result of a mistake made by a nurse, covered up by an MD and Dr. Braza tried to correct it when he found out. If you have had a loved one die at this hospital, you need to look at the death certificates to see what they put down as the cause of death....It might surprise you what you learn
Razor

Weston, CT

#12 Nov 21, 2008
Nancy I agree with you, Putnam Hospital is so disgusting, terrible doctors and nurses so horrible makes a hospital in a third world country look great.
wrestlingwow3

Charlton, MA

#13 Nov 21, 2008
Danbury hops but a leen on my parents house after getting my mother to sign paper work when she was a mentally ill patient there and said the state will pay for it all when they wouldn't
Disgusting

Raleigh, NC

#14 Nov 22, 2008
Regadng DOPS billing measures which are deplorable, if you hav ensurance and they send any dcument to DOPS stating they need more info etc...you will no tbe responsble for the bill. another tactic of DOPS is to take people to court small claims to get payment even when they renig on their end of the billing process.
Rational

Rocky Hill, CT

#15 Nov 22, 2008
Remember this is the same hospital that was stealing your tax dollars when then were participating in fraud. OK they actually settled for a plea deal and admitted they had overbilled.

Watch out because they have tried to do the same thing in the operating rooms. In my case the records showed I was in the Operating Room for more than 30 minutes yet my watch and the doctor indicated it was a 5 minute procedure. But of course we are focused on the wrong thing here.

Those of us that have insurance pay for it, we pay for the hospital when we use it through copays and deductibles and then we pay for those who don't pay which is particularly high at Danbury.

Today we are listening to politicians tell us that what we need is to get a tax break or government supplied health care and that we need to increase funding for education and give Pell grants and other loans etc. for higher education.

Why? What we need to do is take these two industries which are the most inefficient and most government involved and intwined and get them fixed!!!

No one is talking about reducing costs in either industry. Last time I looked the average college professor got a nice salary and benefits, worked les than 20 hours a week and took a year off every seven years. What is efficient about that?

Last time I looked the average doctor made way more than a quarter million and had about the same benefits as the professor.

WE can't fix GM or Ford but we can support these industries with a bailout every year through tax breaks, deductions and federal dollars of trillions. WAKE UP PEOPLE!! This is the biggest scam going.
Toothpaste

Gales Ferry, CT

#16 Nov 22, 2008
How slimey is a Hospital that profits from buying cyanide laced toothpaste from China? Did the criminal responsible for that ever get identified and lose their job?
fedupcitizen

Jackson, TN

#17 Nov 22, 2008
Chris wrote:
Why doesn't Danbury Hospital just admit they made a mistake and apologize to Mrs.Saperstein? It's really pathetic that they have to tie up an already over burdened legal system because they refuse to do the right thing. It just proves that no one is safe or immune from shoddy medical practices, even Dr.Saperstein, who worked there for 35 years. I guess the mendacious, inhumane corporate mentality has completely taken over what used to be a good hospital.
Danbury hospital stopped being a good hospital in the early eighties when they became fully a for profit organization and left the patients waiting. I worked there for a number of years and refused to be treated there. I went to New Milford Hospital.. They treat you like a human there not like a herd of cattle.
fedupcitizen

Jackson, TN

#18 Nov 22, 2008
Disgusting wrote:
Regadng DOPS billing measures which are deplorable, if you hav ensurance and they send any dcument to DOPS stating they need more info etc...you will no tbe responsble for the bill. another tactic of DOPS is to take people to court small claims to get payment even when they renig on their end of the billing process.
could you repeat that in english? it is insurance not ensurance.. DHS has always renigged on their promises and are always looking to pull the plug on someones finances. Federal law says they have to treat the injured and sick but when you enter the hospital and they ask you if you have insurance and you say no.. they expect payment before they treat you and it is triple the price of someone with insurance. Been there and knows.
please help

Danbury, CT

#19 Nov 22, 2008
why doesn't the NT do a story on the salaries of all the executives, and what their job entails, and "other related duties" would make for agreat conversation piece. Exacatly what are the duties of a CEO, aka Frank Kelly.
cynic

Avon, CT

#20 Nov 23, 2008
RichS wrote:
She was a warrior.
Sorry for your loss, Rich.
Live and learn

Gales Ferry, CT

#21 Nov 23, 2008
RichS wrote:
My wife also had a similar issue with Danbury Hospital in 2002. Radiology made a mistake and mis-diagnosed her for close to 9 months. By the time we saw the light of day it was too late for legal action as the statue of limitations had run out. My wife died in 2006 and I believe if the cancer was caught early she might still be alive. It was an aggressive form of cancer and probably would have caused an early death, but she would had lived beyond 2006.
She was a warrior.
My condolences to you and your family. Our family had a similar incident with Danbury Hospital last year. Our sister had a lump under her armpit and made several appt's with her OB/GYN who kept saying there was nothing wrong with her. She finally insisted upon a mammo even though her doctor said it wasn't necessary. The radiologist said he DID see something on the mammo but it was probably nothing. Fortunately she was smart enough to take it another step because the 'nothing' turned out to be stage 4 breast cancer. Thankfully, she's still alive, but only after a ton of chemo, radiation and a double mastectomy. After this experience, our family will never trust Danbury Hospital or it's doctors ever again.

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