Nearly 400 People Sue St. Joseph London in Kentucky for Alleged Overstenting
USA Today/Courier-Journal report.
The hospital's parent, Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, is also named in the suits, which claim that allegedly unnecessary heart stenting resulted in the death of two patients and will require others to take risky blood-thinning medications for the rest of their lives, and increase their likelihood for potentially fatal complications, according to the report.
The hospital and physicians named in the lawsuits deny the allegations. St. Joseph London's lead lawyer, Todd Thompson, JD, said the patients "were very sick people who needed the interventions," according to the report.
The U.S. attorney's office in Lexington, Ky., is also investigating the necessity of the stenting performed at St. Joseph London, according to the report, as well as a financial relationship between the hospital system and a cardiology group.
More Articles on Hospitals and Lawsuits:5 Essential Strategies for Ensuring Appropriate Use in Cardiology
Cardiology & Medical Necessity: How Your Hospital Can Avoid Heart-Related Investigations
Nearly 300 Patients Allege Unnecessary Heart Care at Saint Joseph-London in Kentucky
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2012. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.
To receive the latest hospital and health system business and legal news and analysis from Becker's Hospital Review, sign-up for the free Becker's Hospital Review E-weekly by clicking here.
New from Becker's Hospital Review