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 blockage. This blockage created a stroke caused by a blood clot traveling to her brain. Gragg’s doctor, Dr. Ramesh Krishnaraj, did not tell Gragg’s caregiver, her sister, that his license to practice medicine had been suspended for 90 days. The reason for Dr. Krishnaraj’s suspension was the improper ordering of drug therapy for two patients, one of whom died. Caldwell continued to employ this doctor even if he had already been a leading cause in the death of another patient. Jean Brinkley, the medical

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