stage, and the state comes in to do what’s
called a Self-Report Inspection, which
turns into a full-blown investigation. My
patient is admitted in the midst of all this.
The types of things the state found:
Employees were charting that they were
repositioning patients when they weren’t.
In some instances, there were hours and
hours where they didn’t turn and reposition
some patients, and the staff was telling
the state surveyors, “We just don’t have
enough time. We keep complaining;
nothing ever changes.”
Q: It wasn’t employee incompetence; it
was a drive for greater profit.
A: Right. Corporate is doing its own mock
surveys in the facility, and they’re still
having all of these problems. Now they
need a fall guy. So they fire these two
top nurses in the facility, who ultimately
sue them for wrongful termination, and
who lay out in black and white all of the
issues they had. Emails are discovered
between these corporate people, which
acknowledge that they absolutely knew
what was going on in this facility.
Meanwhile, my poor guy develops 14
bed sores while he’s in the facility. He
has this G-tube that keeps dislodging
because the staff, when they’re moving
him, they don’t take the time to do it
properly. He eventually ends up dying.
He hemorrhages from his G-tube from
Q: In cases where you’re trying to tie
the fistula that developed because they
kept popping it out. That just doesn’t
happen unless there’s absolute failure to
That’s just one of the examples of
some of the types of cases we work on.
accountability to the corporation, how
often can you do it?
A: I would say 90 percent. You start
asking them difficult questions—like who’s
creating the budgets and who’s creating
the staffing ratios? It gets to the point
where they’re like, “It’s not me.” “Well then,
who is it?” “Well, I don’t know.” “Well, who
would you ask?” I keep working my way,
slowly but surely, up this corporate chain.
For them, the goal is to stall. For us, the
goal is to be on top of it, 100 percent all the
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