Caldwell Memorial Hospital Case Study

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Lights, sirens, and a horn are all a man on the ground can hear and see. When the ambulance arrives he is asked, “Which hospital would you prefer to be taken to?” The man is just four blocks away from Caldwell Memorial Hospital, but he says, “I want to live so take me to Frye”. Why would a man so close to a hospital want to go to one 18 miles away? Caldwell Memorial Hospital, the only hospital in Caldwell County, does not provide adequate health care for the county. This inadequate health care at its finest should not be taken lightly and should be brought to the attention of all those who deserve the best health care possible. To understand the complexity of the question asked, a history of the hospital is necessary. Caldwell Memorial Hospital …show more content…
Caldwell Memorial Hospital poorly treated a patient to the point of death. The victim, Mary Kathleen Coffey Gragg, was brought to Caldwell three times from October 17, 2009, to January 17, 2010 (Gilliland “Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Caldwell Memorial Hospital” 1A). The reasons for Gragg being admitted to the hospital were weakness and difficulty walking. An article by Kim Gilliland, “Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Caldwell Memorial Hospital” included information about Gragg suffering from heart valve disease. When Gragg was a patient at the hospital, the doctors failed to evaluate her for and infection of the aortic valve. Gragg was discharged in December of 2009, despite urine tests with signs of infection (Gilliland “Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Caldwell Memorial Hospital” 1A). Apparent results of an infection appeared, yet the doctors did not give Gragg any type of medication for her infection. Gragg was again admitted to Caldwell on January 17, 2010, and another infection was found. The infection continued to worsen, but the doctors could not determine the location of the infection. As the infection worsened, Gragg’s condition declined sharply. On January 22, 2010, Gragg was transferred to the ICU or Intensive Care Unit. A day later, January 23, 2010, Gragg had a complete heart …show more content…
Richard McBurney in his interview. Dr. McBurney was not the intended interviewee, but after Laura Easton, CEO of Caldwell Memorial Hospital, declined to be interviewed another interviewee had to be chosen. Dr. McBurney showed much insight into the improper treatment of physicians and staff through his interview. Dr. McBurney was employed with the hospital for almost three years. While working for Caldwell, Dr. McBurney heard many complaints from his patients about a so-called, “facility fee”. These “facility fees” could range in prices from $20-$300 and sometimes even more. Richard also found many billing irregularities related to the hospital, which he brought up to his wife, Kirsten. Upon further investigation, Kirsten found that many patients had been double billed. In fact, Kirsten found an elderly lady, in her 80s, who had been billed countless times and had a credit of $3,000. Dr. McBurney had enough of Caldwell’s unrelenting cruelty to their patients and staff, but in leaving, he sparked a fire that was hard to contain. Dr. McBurney was told Caldwell had acquired all of the equipment in his office and he would have to buy it all back. Dr. McBurney let Caldwell take the things he did not want to keep, but he ended up spending $30,000 on the equipment that was left behind. Dr. McBurney also had to fight for his office phone number that had been the same for more than 20 years. Caldwell had

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