9.26.2008

The Things I Didn't Know

The Fort Worth Court of Appeals issued an opinion late yesterday regarding a medical malpractice lawsuit against Wise Regional Health Systems f/k/a Decatur Community Hospital. Since the opinion doesn't use the word "indictment" in it, it's a little hard for me to follow. But the issue appears to be whether the Plaintiff has made allegations that allow the hospital and employees to be sued even though they are normally protected by sovereign immunity. Which gives rise to something I didn't know: ""There is no dispute that Appellant Wise Regional . . . constitutes a governmental entity." The hospital is a governmental entity? Really? I can't believe I didn't know that. Insomnia curing opinion is here. (pdf)

25 comments:

Jarhead said...

SUE 'EM ALL!!

Damn doctors.

Anonymous said...

Wise Regional is a good hospital, however the wound center might use a bit of help. Everybody and their dog are put into the hyperbaric chamber at over two thousand dollars a whack per patient.

I guess folks get the "bends" at the pool at the fitness center.

:-)

Anonymous said...

Can you translate that in ENGLISH please????

Anonymous said...

I want a 'BENZ"...lol

Anonymous said...

Surprised to read the hospital is a governmental entity. Checked out listings by North Central Texas Council of Governments - but they're not in it. Hunt Hospital District in Greenville is ...but not the Wise Co. Hospital. You'd think CoG would have known.

Anonymous said...

Yes, unfortunately, my family has learned first hand the hard way that the Decatur hospital it considered a govenmental entity. It and its staff, including ER doctors, are immune to facing any type of consequences if through their negligence they cause somebodys death.
I've been living that nightmare for over a year now.

Anonymous said...

It was explained to me that because the hospital is partially funded by either the city or county, they are able to fall under the "governmental entity" umbrella. The laws for this protection were put in place over 70 years ago to protect cities from being sued & going bankrupt if any plantiff was awarded a large settlement.

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight, they can mess up and hurt or cause the death of a patient without ever having to take responsibility.

Anonymous said...

I believe they are a subdivision of the city of Decatur. So when things start going bad over here because of the new hospital in Bridgeport, will the city start to raise taxes?

Who appoints their board of directors?

Anonymous said...

What about the new hospital in Bridgeport are they a government entity??

Anonymous said...

The hospital in Bridgeport operates as a non profit corporation. I would assume you couldn't be both. Someone with more knowledge may know.

Anonymous said...

By pass Decatur if you want to live. I will NEVER go back there. I am living today because my family insisted me be transferred out of there.

Anonymous said...

DOCTORS JUST KILL ME..!!!!

Doc Feelgood said...

Decatur City Council appoints the hospital board members.

Anonymous said...

The medical director is usually decided by choosing the doc who didn't show up for the meeting- for real.

Anonymous said...

9:11 - you are obviously NOT a swimmer.

Anonymous said...

10:46 ....the talk is that Dr. David Ray is the brains behind the Bridgeport Hospital.

There is always power and money behind a project.

Anybody care to say who was behind Wise Regional Hospital?

Anonymous said...

The Decatur city council appoints the board of directors of the "Decatur Hospital Authority", which operates Wise Regional Hospital. But the City of Decatur does not financially underwrite the hospital, and the "Decatur Hospital Authority" is not a subdivision, nor a department, of the City of Decatur. There is no connection between the two entities other than the power of the city council to appoint the hospital board.

Seems a little crazy, but that's the way the "Hospital Authority" statute was written.

RPM said...

I went to WRHS with chest pains, they sent me home said I was fine. Less than a week later I had emergency heart surgery at North Hills Hospital. Good thing I was there getting a second opinion when I collapsed.

If you want to live, stay far away from WRHS.

star3906 said...

Im sure they said visit your doctor or maybe you just want free care thats why most people go to the ER. Thanks for driving up my bill.

Anonymous said...

wrhs while not perfect is still a hospital and no hospital is perfect and i have hD MY FAIR SHARE of bad time at wrhs. the doctors hospital in bridgeport was spearheaded by dr ray and that man is all about the money not those who are in need. in our current form of govt where wrhs is protected is a crock but until you get people in office who determine this to be wrong then nothing will change thankfuly we have a helicopter to take us to hospitals in dfw if we are seriously injured and they even offer a membership program that for $60 i was able to cover my whole family and if one of us flies it is free as long as they do the flite thanks to lifestar for that

Anonymous said...

My wife went there several years ago with stomack cramps. The attending doctor diagnosed her with some horrible disease. Got my wife and the rest of the family very upset. Needless to say, the diagnosis was completely wrong and my wife is doing fine. No hospital or its staff should be shielded from responsibility if they are careless in the treatment of a patient. The government needs to correct that law. That was not the laws original intent.

Anonymous said...

they could save you if you were a f'n mannequin..!

Anonymous said...

You are correct rpm. I know of 3 recent goofs from one doctor in that hospital. Two cases of appendicitis were diagnosed as something else. The patients barely made it to another hospital for help. The third one blows my mind. This doctor told someone that their leg would have to be amputated due to diabetes. The amputation was scheduled and everything. The patient was smart enough to get a second opinion. No amputation required. It turned out to be a skin problem which I'm told is healing nicely.

It baffles me that nothing can be done to quacks like that.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe that WRHS is getting by with this. I have worked in healthcare all my life. If a hospital or doctor has a malpractice suit, it usually comes back on them if they are responsible. So, Wise Regional Health System is immune to any wrong doing?

Just another reason to bypass WRHS and go to Denton, Ft. Worth or Dallas.

I spent one night in ER at WRHS. Had a doctor probably 80 years old. Put me on meds that were so out of date. Will never go there again.