Medical Malpractice at Parkland Memorial Hospital Part II

Jessie Mae Ned was 51 when she decided to undergo a knee replacement at Parkland Memorial Hospital. She had been working at Parkland for 28 years as part of the cleaning staff. Most of her time was spent scrubbing floors and toilets before she attained supervisor status. At 51, arthritis had rendered her left knee useless. Ned's primary care physician, a doctor at the Parkland employee clinic, referred her to Dr. Frank Gottschalk, a University of Texas Southwestern Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Parkland specialist in joint reconstruction and amputation. The doctor scheduled the procedure for the last Friday of August in 2008. … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice at Parkland Memorial Hospital Part I

Parkland Memorial Hospital is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. It allows residents to perform entire procedures with or without the supervision of attending physicians. According to their own patient safety officer, Dr. Angelique Ramirez, "[they] harm two patients a day in a significant way." These medical malpractice events lead to "prolongation of hospital stay, need for ICU care, permanent harm, or death." It is not unusual at Parkland for residents and even med students to make diagnoses and provide key care for patients. These students may or may not be doing so under the … [Read more...]