For Profit Hospital Charged With Malpractice

August 12, 2011

“There’s nothing charitable about the care being given at for-profit hospitals ” says Stephen Lyons of treatment provided to his client, Kenneth Jolly, of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Mr. Jolly was treated in 2008 for a hip fracture and then discharged for rehabilitation at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital in Braintree, Massachusetts. Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital is well known for rehabilitative care of post surgical patients and is owned and operated by FSQ, Inc., a Delaware for profit corporation. In a suit filed in Middlesex Superior Court, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital and several of its physicians are charged with malpractice in failing to follow the discharge plan which required that Mr. Jolly receive anticoagulant medication, including Coumadin and Lovenox, following his surgery. Coumadin, which is also known by the generic name Warfarin, is an anticoagulant medication which was initially marketed as a pesticide against rats and mice which was found to be effective and relatively safe for preventing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in post surgical patients and is the most widely prescribed anticoagulant drug in North America. The suit charges that upon his admission to Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, Mr. Jolly was not provided with the medications he was prescribed leaving him unprotected from the transiently hypercoagulable state of most post surgical patients. Within a day, Mr. Jolly developed blood clots and required emergency transfer for life saving surgery at a Boston hospital. While his surgeons were able to save Mr. Jolly’s life, he has been left with a permanent neurological impairment which prevents him from being able to walk and which has permanently disabled him. “Profit motivated corporations in the health care delivery business must put patient care ahead of profits and be held accountable for their actions”. Lyons said. The suit (Case No. 2011-2704) is presently pending in the Superior Court for Middlesex County.

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