Hospital Acknowledges Shortcomings in ER Death, Robbery

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The Daily News reports that officials from Frankford Hospital acknowledge that procedures weren't followed when Joaquin Rivera died in their emergency room. ""The policy was in place but not adhered to," Linde Finsrud Wilson, chief operating officer of Aria Health, said during the three-hour session. According to a report released last month by the state Department of Health, Rivera, a musician and Olney High School counselor, died of a heart attack and was unattended for more than 40 minutes. The state report said hospital staff made extensive errors before, during and after Rivera's death. While Rivera sat dead in the waiting room, three vagrants stole his wristwatch. Wilson said the hospital has also conducted a full review and made key changes to emergency-room procedures since Rivera's death, including adding security and requiring that the triage nurse go into the emergency room to look for patients. She also said that the hospital provides much-needed services to the Frankford community, while under financial stress."

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1. Anonymous said... on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:18AM

“I remember my last trip to Frankford Hospital...they let my mom sit in the waiting room, passing blood clots in her urine, crying...for almost two hours! Others were having similar problems and vagrants were everywhere...who gives a crap about their financial stress...EVERYONE has financial stress...and we're not letting people die!”

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