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Vidant Medical Center Investigated by DHHS

Vidant_Medical_Center_Greenville_NCThe Neglect of Keisha White at Vidant Medical Center – Part 1

Some people have questioned the reality of what happened to my daughter, Keisha Marie White, at Vidant Medical Center. I can understand why. There were so many failures on all levels. The details of what she went through, and the shortcomings of such a prestigious facility in the state of North Carolina, are truly extraordinary. Few people in the surrounding area are able to wrap their mind around the fact that what used to be regarded as one of the best hospitals, if not THE best hospital in our state, could allow such neglect to happen. What they don’t realize is that Vidant itself, also played a part in Keisha’s death.

What the next series of posts will show is, perhaps Vidant Medical Center (previously Pitt Memorial Hospital) is not one of the best hospitals after all. You’ll be able to see the incompetence that government agencies have uncovered at that facility. And hopefully, you will join in my fight for justice by sharing posts, not just to your own social media accounts, but to the account walls of your friends and family. Tag them; @them; post the links on various Facebook pages. Make phone calls or spread the word by mouth. It all helps.

*** Note: Due to the length of the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) report (36 pages), this post will be broken down into segments. Direct quotes from the report will be underlined and followed by personal commentary.

Based on review of hospital policy, job descriptions, closed medical record review, monitor technician log review and staff interview the hospital’s leadership failed to provide oversight and have systems in place to ensure the protection of patients’ rights and failed to have an organized nursing service to ensure the provision of patient care in a safe environment.

That’s the beginning of Vidant Medical Center’s faults. That part is not on the staff. It’s on the President or the CEOs or whoever it is that make decisions about how many are employed, who they are, what their qualifications and history is. It’s on those who make, adopt, implement, and enforce hospital policies; and then have disciplinary measures in place for those who fail to abide by those policies… even if the employee(s) is in management.

The findings include:

1. The hospital failed to protect and promote patients’ rights for a safe environment for patients by failing to ensure care was provided in a safe setting by failing to ensure the nursing staff supervised and evaluated patient care by failing to follow physician orders for continuous cardiac monitoring, failing to recognize signs and symptoms of hypoxia, failing to report a change in patient condition and failing to release the restraint when the patient was resting quietly for 1 of 1 patients with a cardiac arrest (Patient #7).

How many failures was mentioned in that sentence? SEVEN? Wow. By the way, Keisha is “Patient #7.” She is also the “1 of 1 patients” since she was the only patient focused on by DHHS at the time. But do you see how the hospital failed 3 times before the failure of the nurse could take place? If Vidant had followed proper protocol and procedure as a  health care facility, Linda Brixon (the nurse) would not have been able to get away with the neglect my daughter suffered.

CLICK HERE if you want to see the entire DHHS report. Share your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you.



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