Is This Fraud Still Going On At The Bayonne Medical Center?

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Washington, DC: (Feb-4-08) The United States Government brought charges against IJKG, LLC, the buyer of Bayonne Medical Center, alleging that the Bayonne, NJ Medical Center defrauded the Medicare program. The suit stated that the hospital improperly increased charges to Medicare patients in order to obtain enhanced reimbursement from Medicare. In addition to its standard payment system, Medicare provides supplemental reimbursement, called outlier payments, to hospitals and other health care providers in cases where the cost of care is unusually high. The Justice Department said that the Congress enacted the supplemental outlier payment system to ensure that hospitals possess the incentive to treat inpatients whose care requires unusually high costs. The suit claimed that between January 2000 and August 2003, Bayonne purposefully inflated charges for inpatient and outpatient care to make these cases appear more costly than they actually were, and thereby obtained outlier payments from Medicare that it was not entitled to receive.

Records show that Bayonne Medical Center filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in 2007. As part of the proposed reorganization, IJKG, LLC agreed to purchase the hospital's assets and to settle the United States' claims against the hospital. As part of the settlement reached, IJKG, LLC, agreed to pay the government $2.5 million, plus interest to resolve allegations.


This is an opinionated/informational website relating to the questionable, unethical, uncompassionate, sub-par practices administered by the Bayonne Medical Center, concerning the heath and well being of their patients.

There is an open forum of all those who wish to participate and stress their outrage referring to any thing good or bad, for or against anyone or anything. associated with the Bayonne Medical Center, Bayonne, N.J. 07002.  (201) 858-5000

These opinionated responses, observations, suggestions, criticisms and ideas are not limited to just the Doctors, The Nurses, The Staff, the Administration, or the Facility but whatever is on your mind, what you witnessed and in your heart.

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and will be appropriately posted,  identified  or anonymously.  Please  no  profanity or inappropriate identification or description of selected individuals.

Photo Of Bayonne Medical Center "A Picture Of Death"!


The most despicable Hospital in New Jersey and possibly in the Country is the Bayonne Medical Center. They have a variety of incompetent insensitive, uncompassionate Doctors, Nurses, and all around staff; I would not allow a wounded animal to be serviced by these idiots.

Stay away from these individuals; if you value your life. They are heartless, cold and inferior in all their tasks. They should be indicted for murder, but as all low lives  are, they're protected by the system. The Chrissie Administration, Medical Examiners Office, and The Department of Health And Senior Services, Especially Alison Gibson. RN, MA, MPA, Tersa Graham RN BSN are in their back pockets. They're a disgrace and will not help you; they are a joke, just like their despicable Governor.

The Individuals Allegedly Accused For Being Incompetent, Inept And A Complete Disgrace To Their Profession.

These So-Called Medical Heathens  Should Loose Their Licenses Immediately Before They Kill Amymore Innocent People. They Are:

Dr. Jack Bognossian

Dr. Peter Smith

Dr. Emmanuel Villalona

Dr. Howard Levine

And all the Levine Doctors

Dr. Hahn

Dr. Shabnam Gupta

Dr. Mahmoohah

Daniel Kane, Chief Executive Officer

Pat Whipkey, Vice President Customer Service

Patricia Lang, R.N. Case Manager

Barbara Sahueler S.W.

Including all the useless Staff of Nurses Administrators, Aides and employees.

Go there if you want to be used, abused and have a strong desire to die?


 Bayonne Medical Center

This Business is not Better Business Bureau accredited.

Rated BBB® F RatingOn a scale of A+ to F


Phone: (201) 339-4554 29th Street At Avenue E, Bayonne, NJ 07002


Claiming he's a whistle blower, man has trial scheduled for reinstatement


By Sarah Nathan/ The Jersey Journal
on November 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM

According to the lawsuit, Ceferino Doculan Jr., a hematology technician, worked at Bayonne Medical Center for about 20 years. In 2010, Doculan began reporting on "illegal staffing practices in the blood bank," the lawsuit states.

Doculan claims his supervisor did not possess the proper credentials for her job and created a schedule in which some shifts did not have any technicians capable of performing certain blood screening tests. Doculan claims this lack in staffing "presented a potentially life-threatening situation for a patient requiring a particular cross-match from the blood bank."

Cross-matching is a test performed before a blood transfusion to ensure a patient is compatible with the donor blood intended for a transfusion.

The Bayonne Medical Center refutes the allegations.

"Bayonne Medical Center denies all allegations and Mr. Doculan was terminated for performance-based reasons," Allyson Miller, spokeswomen for the Bayonne Medical Center stated in an email.

Miller also said the hospital's blood bank and laboratory were recently inspected and received full accreditation from the Department of Health and accrediting bodies.

According to the lawsuit, when Doculan began to voice his concerns regarding the blood bank, he was disciplined and written up and ultimately fired about a month after the complaints started on Sept. 20, 2010.

The lawsuit also states that Doculan had a perfect work record for the 20 years he worked for Bayonne Medical Center prior to his complaint. Doculan and his attorney, Kevin Costello, claim this is a violation of the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act.

Doculan is seeking reinstatement and unspecified damages.

The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 4 in Hudson County Superior Court.

Their Arrogance, Malpractices And Incompetences Are Putting Their Patients At  Certain Risk Of Injury Or Death.

Instead Of Praising This Individual, Who Has Been Employed With Them, For (20) Twenty Years With A Blemish Free Record, They Illegally Fired Him.

The State Of New Jersey Department Of Health, Never Finds Anything Wrong, Because They Are In The Back Pockets of The Hospitals.

Whatever Discovered Its Protected And Hidden. It Doesn't Matter How Inferior, Or How Many Violations Are Found.

This Hospital Must Be Independently Evaluated, Investigated And Closed For The Good Of Humanity? Shame On All Of Them.

Again Go There If You Enjoy Playing Russian Roulette, And Have A Strong Desire To Die.


The State Of New Jersey Is A Disgrace To Allow Medical Abuses To Increase At A Rapid Pace. No Enforcement Of Human Rights And Decency. The Patient Is Just Another Slab Of Meat. There Is A Strong Possibility They Are Owned By These Abusive Medical Institutions, Bought And Paid For, Lock, Stock And Barrel? After All New Jersey Is Home Of The Corrupt?


Bayonne Hospital Has Highest Billing Rates In The Nation

New York Times Business


BAYONNE, N.J. — The most expensive hospital in America is not set amid the swaying palm trees of Beverly Hills or the luxury townhouses of New York’s Upper East Side.

How Much Hospitals Charge Medicare It is in a faded blue-collar town 11 miles from Midtown Manhattan.

Based on the bills it submits to Medicare, the Bayonne Medical Center charged the highest amounts in the country for nearly one-quarter of the most common hospital treatments, according to a New York Times analysis of 2011 data, the most recent available. No other hospital was at the top of the price list more often.

Bayonne Medical typically charged $99,689 for treating each case of chronic lung disease, 5.5 times as much as other hospitals and 17.5 times as much as Medicare paid in reimbursement. The hospital also charged on average of $120,040 to treat transient ischemia, a type of small stroke that has no lasting effect. That was 5.6 times the national average and 23.6 times what Medicare paid.

For those prices, the quality of care at Bayonne Medical is no better — or worse — than that at most other New Jersey hospitals. In a 2011 state hospital quality report, Bayonne Medical scored only in the top 50 percent.

But profits at the hospital, which was bankrupt in 2007, have soared in recent years, in part because it has found a way to turn some of those high billings into payments.

The increasingly contentious issue of hospital charges drew renewed attention last week when the federal government released Medicare data showing that facilities nationwide submitted widely divergent bills for the same treatments.

And while the unassuming, six-story brick hospital here holds a notable place in those rankings, others stand out as well. The midsize Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa., was the top biller in the country for urinary tract infections. One prestigious Manhattan hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, charged twice as much as the equally high-end NewYork-Presbyterian to implant a cardiac pacemaker. But Medicare considers the two New York hospitals so similar it pays them both about $20,000 for the procedure.

The hospital industry is quick to say that the charges are irrelevant because virtually no one — private insurers, Medicare or even the uninsured — pays anywhere near those amounts. Medicare sets standard rates for treatments and insurers negotiate with hospitals. But experts add that the charges reflect decades of maneuvering by hospitals to gain an edge over insurers and provide themselves with tax advantages.

Until a recent ruling by the Internal Revenue Service, for instance, a hospital could use the higher prices when calculating the amount of charity care it was providing, said Gerard Anderson, director of the Center for Hospital Finance and Management at Johns Hopkins. “There is a method to the madness, though it is still madness,” Mr. Anderson said.

A close look at the finances of Bayonne Medical Center sheds light on how hospital pricing at the extremes may financially benefit an institution. The practices at Bayonne Medical also highlight a new financial strategy used by a small number of hospitals to increase their profits by “going out of network” — severing ties, and hence contractual agreements that limit reimbursement rates, with large private insurers.

Neither officials nor owners of Bayonne Medical responded to multiple calls and e-mail requests for interviews. Because the company is privately held, it does not have to release financial data.

Bayonne Medical, which was founded in 1888, was losing nearly $1.5 million a month before it filed for bankruptcy in 2007. By 2011, under new ownership and a new financial model, its patient revenue had nearly tripled and its operating income had reached $9.3 million, according to the American Hospital Directory, a publication that compiles data from Medicare and other sources about health care facilities.

The hospital’s turnabout started in 2008 when it was acquired out of bankruptcy by a consortium of buyers in a deal valued at about $41 million.

Bayonne’s purchasers included Vivek Garipalli, who worked at the private equity giant Blackstone Group before co-founding the International Sleep Network, a company based in New Jersey that treats patients with sleep apnea and other disorders. Joining Mr. Garipalli was Jeffrey Mandler, the head of a health care imaging firm. To make money from Bayonne Medical, the new buyers made some big changes in the hospital’s business strategy. First, they converted Bayonne Medical from a nonprofit to a for-profit hospital at a time when such hospitals were a rarity in New Jersey. Next, they moved to sever existing contracts with large private insurers, essentially making Bayonne Medical an out-of-network hospital for most insurance plans.

Under New Jersey law, patients treated in a hospital emergency room outside their provider’s network have to pay out of pocket only what they would have paid if the hospital was in the network. But an out-of-network hospital can bill the patient’s insurer at essentially whatever rate it cares to set. While the insurers can negotiate with the hospital, they generally end up paying more than they would have under a contractual agreement.

In recent years, Bayonne Medical put up digital billboards highlighting the short waits in its emergency rooms in an effort to attract more patients. Insurers complained that the hospital was seeking to take advantage of the higher rates it could charge.

While the law was aimed at giving patients more hospitals to choose from, it “has had the unintended consequence of rewarding folks for these inflated charges,” said Wardell Sanders, president of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans. “When people say these charges are just the sticker price and it’s meaningless, it’s not meaningless.”

Community leaders in Bayonne, fearing the hospital could close, said the buyers were always candid about the methods they intended to use to make the hospital a profitable enterprise.

“That raised a lot of concern, but what other choice did we have?” said Jeanne Otersen, who was a member of the Coalition to Save Bayonne Medical Center and is policy director for the Health Professionals and Allied Employees, a union that represents nurses at the facility.

Not surprisingly, the insurers fought back against the out-of-network model. In 2009, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey filed an injunction in New Jersey Superior Court saying Bayonne Medical’s owners had “flatly rejected” and refused to negotiate an in-network hospital contract with Horizon. When the existing agreement expired in early 2009, Horizon said Bayonne sharply increased its prices. Bayonne’s in-network charges to Horizon averaged $13,000 a day in 2008. A year later, when it was out of network, the charges soared to $29,000, the insurer said in a spring 2009 news release.

Bayonne Medical denied allegations in Horizon’s lawsuit that it was artificially inflating prices, and filed its own lawsuit against Horizon, claiming the insurer had intimidated patients and tried to get them to leave the facility before completing their treatments.

The two eventually settled in 2011, and Horizon became an in-network insurance provider. A spokesman for Horizon declined to comment on Bayonne Medical’s charges, citing terms of the settlement agreement.

Still, many other large insurance companies, including Cigna, United Healthcare and Aetna, remain out of network at Bayonne and are paying the higher bills.

“Their model is to charge exorbitant rates, particularly for emergency room services, and if the insurance companies don’t pay them, they threaten to go after the member for the balance of billing,” said Carl King, head of national networks for Aetna, whose in-network contract was also ended by Bayonne in 2008.

Like Horizon, Aetna said its bills from Bayonne Medical soared, and it also filed a lawsuit in 2011. The suit was dismissed.

Aetna’s internal data showed that Bayonne Medical’s emergency room charges jumped again in 2012 and are running 6 to 12 times as high as those of surrounding hospitals. Last fall, Mr. Garipalli bought the designer Tory Burch’s oceanside home in Southampton for $11 million, according to public records.

After purchasing Bayonne Medical, the investor group went on a buying spree, acquiring Hoboken University Medical Center in 2011 and the bankrupt Christ Hospital in Jersey City last year.

“This hospital is clearly pursuing an out-of-network strategy with a profit motive in mind and taking advantage of members who seek emergency services at their facility,” Mr. King said.




Nancy Figueroa

Reviewed Two Months Ago:

Quality: Poor To Fair

My mom was sent to the Hospital after being neglected in a nursing home and had severe dehydration. I had a social worker approach me first, then another in CCU. I could not believe that a social worker wanted me to sign over my mothers bank account info so she could forward it to the nursing home. That was very insensitive. My mom only had 2 miserable weeks at this nursing home and no physical therapy, just overmedication to keep her quiet and uncared for. The next day another social worker called since she was moved, then another, then 2 case nurse managers, then another social worker all fumbling my mother's care. Finally last minute they said she made a remarkable recovery and her insurance is maxed, you have to get her out, very rude unprofessional people here. I took their names. My mom came home to my house and the drivers were not told where the address was that she was staying from the hospital, even though I provided it, and now the visiting nurses were not even given the proper information. My question is why does the hospital waste so much money on these disinterested, ignorant social workers and nurse managers in this hospital. Each one of them delegated their responsibility from person to person and the patient got lost in the shuffle. I had a problem with the nursing staff to get their attention, otherwise my mom would not eat which was part of her therapy to swallow. Also physical therapy with no results, and the person sent in to do a swallowing test twice, did not even clean my mothers mouth for it was stone dry and she was groggy from meds. I had to tell inform them of common sense approaches to get my mother to where I could take her home. There are good people on the nursing, but the majority of quality care needs to be evaluated for a better score. These nurse case managers, social workers are slacked off. Its not about the Christmas parties, take your job seriously.

Chris Szczesniak

Reviewed A Year Ago

Overall Poor to fair

Come here if you want to die

Bulea T. Yelp.Com

Bayonne, N.J. Writes


Awful, Staff Stinks And Lazy From Top To Bottom. Doctors Are Questionable 3rd Rate. Should be Practicing In Third World Nations, Will Do Anything For Money And A Profit, Even Experiments Without Your Acknowledge Or Permission. Alarms Were Going Off Constantly In Patient Rooms, They Would Allow them To Ring , Very Lazy, And Then Blame The Patient, For Moving Around? Outdated Broken Equipment. This Death Camp Is Totally  Unorganized, Combined With Inept Management, Tail Wagging The Dog Mentality, Incompetence Endorsed And Sanctioned, Free For All Environment.  Patients Suffering And No One Cares At The Facility. This Abortion Of A So-Called Medical Center Has All The Makings Of A Gestapo Death Camp. No Leadership? Go There If You have A Strong Desire To Die? I Am Rating This A Zero, No stars, Because I do Not want To See Anyone Die At The Hands Of These Lazy, Clueless, Incompetence. I Just discovered I have To Give It At Least One Star Or Else This Comment Won't Go Through!

Dani A. Yelp.Com

Bloomfield, NJ Writes

Check-in Here You will be sitting here Til the roosters crow and daylight breaks before you are seen, you get the watch security check people in and listen to their iPods and watch the nurses leave as shifts change, but you never see a doctor! People just gradually leave and go home and take matters in there own hands! The worst experience ever!

Review Taken From Rate MD's.Com 12/18/2012

Dr. John C.  Hahn Gastroenterologist, Bayonne Medical Center has questionable unorthodox ethics. No bedside manner, very arrogant, and conceited. Will not listen to the patient, substandard in every capacity. His antics has proven to be a liability to the patient, effecting not only the healing process, but is also a hazardous detriment to their life. Dr. Hahn should be investigated. I advice you or anyone contemplating on seeing this doctor, don't, especially if you want to live. If you have a death wish he is the perfect physician. 

Review Posted On Website:

Everyday Health Always Choose Well:

Dr. Hahn and the Bayonne Medical Center are an atrocious abomination to mankind. They're a disgrace with questionable ethics. Both shouldn’t be handling the healthcare of anyone, not even an animal. Unfortunately this is how they treat their patients? The nurses are awful, lazy and unsympathetic. All of their licenses should and must be revoked, immediately, but in New Jersey, especially Hudson County, where corrupt unskilled incompetence is rewarded, there’s no justice or punishment for this despicable murderous behavior? We have no option or recourse but to warn one another. Stay Away!


Review Posted On Website:

Everyday Health Always Choose Well:

This Doctor, John Hahn Is A Butcher, He Has No Class, He Doesn't Care About His Patients. Go To Him If You Want To Die, A Slow Painful Death. His Bedside Manner Is an Abomination. He Is Conceited, A Disgrace To Humanity. Do Not Go To This Butcher. He Has The Arrogant Gaul To Call Himself A Doctor. He Stinks. All His Atrocities Are Protected By The Bayonne Medical Center Another Meat Market. They Protect And Love incompetence On All Levels, by their employees. They Are A Disgrace. They are also protected By The State Of New Jersey , who are probably Paid Off. Go there If You want To Die. This Is A Serious Warning! Go To This Website: Close Bayonne Medical Center “Meat Market” Go There And Voice Your Opinion


What Are They Hiding

That The F.B.I. Has Been Called In To Investigate? Could It Be Their Incompetence, Carelessness Poor Service, Neglect, Falsified Documents, Improper Diagnosis’ Or Wrongful Death? This Meat Market Must Be Closed Immediately!

FBI Takes Records From Bayonne Medical Center

Hudson Reporter:

Agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation took records from Bayonne Medical Center this week, apparently in an investigation related to an employee of Bayonne Medical Center who may have allegedly conducted illegal activities elsewhere. Dr. Mark Spektor, President and CEO of Bayonne Medical Center, said late Thursday, "Bayonne Medical Center was completely shocked when we learned of these allegations, which do not involve the hospital. We are working closely in cooperating with the FBI in their investigation." Other sources said the employee had been involved in an illegal paperwork issue and other questionable activities. Hospital officials would not comment on the nature of the investigation. Sources in Hoboken and Jersey City said the investigation does not appear to have touched upon Hoboken University Hospital or Christ Hospital, which have some of the same owners as BMC

F.B.I Investigates The Bayonne Medical Center

By Ron Zeitlinger/The Jersey Journal 

BAYONNE -- Federal agents visited the Bayonne Medical Center a number of times over the past week, and a source with limited knowledge of the probe said it involved an employee there. BMC officials declined to answer questions on what the feds were investigating. “Bayonne Medical Center was completely shocked when we learned of these allegations, which do not involve the hospital,” said BMC spokeswoman Allyson Miller, who would not say what the allegations are. “We are working closely in cooperating with the FBI in their investigation.” A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office refused to comment on the investigations.

Many Doctors Don't Report Incompetent Colleagues

Survey Shows One-Third Don't Blow Whistle on Peers Who Are Impaired or Incompetent

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July 13, 2010 -- One-third of doctors who knew of peers who were incompetent or impaired, such as from alcohol or drug use, said they did not turn them in, according to a new survey.

''I was expecting the number who said they reported to be higher," says researcher Catherine M. DesRoches, DrPH, assistant professor of medicine at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

She and her colleagues evaluated responses from 1,891 doctors in a variety of specialties. "We had 17% of physicians who had direct knowledge of a colleague in their practice or hospital whom they believed was impaired or incompetent. About two-thirds of those did report that physician, but we still had about a third that did not report."

More than one-third did not completely agree that doctors should report all instances of impaired or incompetent physicians, they also found.

While some may argue that the majority do turn in incompetent or impaired doctors, DesRoches says the percent must be higher. "If you are the patient, you would want all the impaired or incompetent physicians to be reported."

The study results are in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Impaired Physicians Survey: A Closer Look

DesRoches and her colleagues sent surveys to 2,938 doctors practicing in the U.S. in 2009 in a variety of areas: anesthesiology, cardiology, family practice, general surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, and psychiatry.

In all, nearly 65%, or 1,891 doctors, responded.

Updating a 2004 questionnaire on the same topic, DesRoches' team asked respondents to the new survey to rate the extent to which they agreed with statements such as "Physicians should report all instances of significantly impaired or incompetent colleagues to their professional society, hospital, clinic, and/or other relevant authorities."

Among The Results:

  • 64% agreed with the professional commitment to report doctors who are significantly impaired or otherwise incompetent to practice medicine.
  • 69% reported being prepared to deal effectively with impaired colleagues in their practice.
  • 64% reported being prepared to deal with incompetent colleagues.
  • 17% said they had direct knowledge of a peer incompetent to practice in their hospital, group, or practice.
  • 67% of this 17% reported the colleague to relevant authorities.

Why Not Report?

When the doctors who didn't report impaired or incompetent colleagues were asked why, they gave a variety of responses:

  • 19% said they thought someone else was taking care of the problem.
  • 15% said they thought nothing would happen even if they did report the problem.
  • 12% said they feared retribution.

Organizational Experts Weigh In

The study results don't surprise Arthur Brief, PhD, the George S. Eccles Chair in Business Ethics and Presidential Professor at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

In general, he says, "people don't speak out in the workplace. Fear of reprisal is a principal cause. In the case of physicians, that could be ostracization or reduced referrals."

With the troubled economy, the fear of repercussions is probably greater, he says.

The new results mirror those seen in whistle-blowing studies of federal workers, military employees, corporate employees, and internal auditors, says Janet Near, PhD, chairwoman of management and entrepreneurship of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington.

In her research, she has found the more egregious the wrongdoing, the higher the chance a worker would blow the whistle.  "In the JAMA [Journal of the American Medical Association] study, a strong majority of physicians did blow the whistle when they observed wrongdoing, similar to the internal auditors whom we studied several years ago," says Near, who co-authored the book Whistle-blowing in Organizations.

Putting It In Perspective

The take-home for patients? "Don't freak out about this," says Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, director of the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study.

The study finding "does not mean that bad doctors are rampant," he tells WebMD.

"I am the last to say we have a perfectly safe health care system," he says. But reporting of colleagues is only one check on the health care system, he says.

These days, he says, doctors are required to pass certification tests and get relicensed regularly in their practice area, providing more assurance of competency.

Patients can take action, too, he says, if they suspect a doctor is impaired or incompetent. "Many hospitals and larger clinics will have a patient advocate or an ombudsperson, and that person might be a very good place to start if a patient thinks they might be dealing with an impaired or incompetent doctor."

Another option, he says, is to contact the state medical board.

How Common Is Medical Malpractice?

According to a HealthGrades Patient Safety In Hospitals Study, about 195,000 patients in the United States die each year from preventable in-hospital medical errors. The authors added that out of 37 million Medicare hospitalizations from 2000 to 2002, there were 1.14 million patient-safety incidents.

There are between 15,000 and 19,000 malpractice suits against US doctors annually.

Researchers from the University of California in San Francisco reported in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) that
sexual misconduct and prescribing to patients without any established clinical relationship are among the most common violations of professionalism by physicians in the United States.

A study carried out by a team from St. Michael's Hospital, Canada, reported in the journal Open Medicine that
between 2000 and 2009 a total of 606 Canadian doctors were disciplined by the provincial medical licensing authorities. 92% of those disciplined were men who had been practicing medicine for an average of 28.9 years. 99% of them were independent practitioners. The most common violations were sexual misconduct (20%), issues regarding standard of care (19%), and unprofessional conduct (16%). 62% of those who were disciplined were general practitioners, 14% were psychiatrists, and 9% were surgeons.

A 2009 study carried out by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Medicine found that
the majority of American doctors will face a malpractice lawsuit at some time during their professional careers. However, the risk of having to pay out any money to a plaintiff is fairly low.

One in every three hospitalized patients in the USA encounters a hospital error, says a report published in Health Affairs. The University of Utah researchers revealed that errors made in hospitals were ten times more common than experts had thought. Examples of hospital errors included:


Documented Malpractices, Injuries, Deaths At Bayonne Medical Center

Bayonne Family Accepts $8.5 Million To Settle Medical Malpractice Suit Over Boy's Brain Damage During Birth

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Bayonne family of a severely brain-damaged child has been awarded $8.5 million to settle a medical malpractice lawsuit brought against the former owners of the Bayonne Medical Center and three medical workers, according to the attorney who represented the family.

Attorneys representing the former owners of the hospital and the family settled the multimillion-dollar lawsuit Monday in Hudson County Superior Court after five days of testimony, said Francis X. Dorrity, the family's Jersey City-based attorney.

According to Dorrity, on Aug. 14, 2005, Emily Ordonez, then 32, went to the hospital at 1:30 a.m. with the first pangs of labor. All prenatal tests pointed to a normal healthy baby.

But at 9:32 a.m., the heart monitor attached to her abdomen showed the baby's heart suddenly plunged from 140 beats per minute to the dangerously low level of 60 beats per minute, according to court records and trial testimony.

Telephone records show the labor and delivery room nurse waited almost half an hour before calling the attending obstetrician and when he arrived from Staten Island 22 minutes later, he waited until 10:55 a.m. to start an emergency Cesarean section, a procedure that took four minutes, Dorrity said.

The reason for the baby's low heart rate was that his umbilical chord was compressed and the fetus was starved for oxygen, Dorrity explained. As a result of the delays, José Ordonez, now 5, was left with permanent brain damage and in need for full-time care, he said.

Besides the hospital, the parents sued the obstetrician, the delivery room nurse, and her supervisor.

On Monday, the parents, who have three other children, accepted the settlement offer made by the hospital, Dorrity said.

José is prone to seizures, is unable to see, walk, or hold his head up by himself, said Dorrity, adding that the boy feeds through a straw....

Six doctors Face Trial After Bayonne Patient Died After Biopsy


Jury Finds Bayonne Physician Shares Blame In Patient's Death

By The Jersey Journal
Cecille and Vincent Vida

A jury awarded money last night to the widower of a 46-year-old Bayonne woman who died in November 2006, five days after she underwent a risky lymph node and lung biopsy, as reported in today's Jersey Journal.

The widower of Cecille Vida is expected to receive a payout of $1 million from Dr. Margaret Engel as a result of yesterday's verdict because he had already settled with five other doctors who were part of the original lawsuit, said his attorney, Christian LoPiano.

The jury concluded that Engel bore 20 percent of the blame for Cecille Vida's death and two other doctors, with whom Vincent Vida has already settled, bore the other 80 percent of the blame.

LoPiano, a partner with Hoboken-based LoPiano, Kenny, and Stinson, did not reveal the amounts of the settlements, The Journal reports.

"We are very happy that the Vida family got something and that Dr. Engel was held accountable for the unjustified death of Cecille Vida, a 46-year-old wife and mother," LoPiano said after the verdict.

In his closing argument yesterday, LoPiano tried to convey the loss suffered by Vincent Vida and told jurors: "The system failed him once. He is an honorable man, and he and his family have suffered a tragic loss."

Six Doctors Face  After Bayonne Patient Died After Biopsy

Charles Hack/The Jersey Journal By Charles Hack/The Jersey Journal

cecille-vincent-vida-wedding.jpgCecille and Vincent Vida

The doctors were involved in diagnosing and treating Cecille Vida, 46, of Bayonne, who died on Dec. 5, 2006, five days after a biopsy was performed on enlarged lymph nodes in her chest.

Vida suffered from "severe" pulmonary hypertension" or high blood pressure in the lung. When doctors performed scans on her lung, they discovered the enlarged lymph nodes and decided to test it for cancer.

Vida received the biopsy on Dec. 1, 2006 after complaining of shortness of breath to her primary physician on Nov. 19, according to attorney Christian LoPiano - who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Vida's husband, Vincent Vida.

LoPiano contends the biopsy carried a high risk of death because of her condition. During the procedure her oxygen level fell and she was kept on a ventilator until her death, court papers say.

The suit alleges the biopsy should not have been done without first pursuing low-risk diagnostic tests and scans and that she was not properly advised of the risks she faced.

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"What is sad about this is she did not have a chance. There were six doctors and they did not communicate," LoPiano said. "This procedure is absolutely a last resort. If you do it you had better do it after you've done all the tests you could."

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, will go to trial April 6 in Hudson County Superior Court. In pre-trial motions, Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mary K. Costello dismissed allegations against all the doctors except Dr. James Heller, the surgeon, that Vida wasn't advised of the risks she faced.

Besides Heller, the other doctors being sued are: Dr. Margaret Engel, Vida's primary doctor; Drs. Barry Elkind and James Hefferan, two cardiologists who cleared Vega for the operation; Dr. Irina Alekseyeva, an anesthesiologist,; and Dr. Omar Bey, a pulmonoligist.

"This event happened two years before the present owners assumed control of the hospital. It is quite unfortunate," said a spokesman for the current owners of Bayonne Medical Center.

Attorneys for the defendants who were reached for comment denied any negligence.

David P. Weeks, the attorney who represents Heller, said Vida - who signed a release - was informed of the risks.

"They (the doctors) contend they weren't negligent and they did their best for her," Weeks said. "Unfortunately, it was a bad outcome."

Parsippany-based Jeffrey A. Krompier who represents Alekseyeva, said his client "denies all claims of negligence and further denies she caused or contributed to the outcome."

Morris Plains attorney Neil Reisman, who represents Engel, said his client acted professionally.

"Dr. Engel's involvement not only did not violate any standards of medicine but her role gives way to the specialists involved," Reisman said. "I won't say they did anything wrong, either."

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