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Hospital Cited For Mishandling Stroke Patient

Hospital Cited For Mishandling Stroke Patient


January 30, 2009

NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey officials say a Newark hospital did not follow proper procedure when a 99-year-old stroke victim spent more than six hours in the emergency room last year.

The state Health and Senior Services Department has cited Saint Michael’s Medical Center, but says it’s unclear whether the hospital will be fined.

The case centers on the care given to Bessie Ferguson. The East Orange resident was taken to the hospital in June.

Officials say while an initial evaluation showed signs of stroke, a doctor did not evaluate her for 45 minutes. The state also says an on-call neurologist failed to respond to repeated pages for help.

The hospital says it has corrected some of the problems.

The patient died in August.

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