Dallas Hospital Fined $50,000 in ER Tragedy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas hospital must pay a $50,000 fine for
failing to properly treat a patient who died of a heart attack
after waiting 17 hours for care in the emergency room.

Federal health regulators slapped Parkland Memorial Hospital
with the maximum fine allowed in the case of Mike Herrera who died
in 2008.

The Dallas Morning News reports Wednesday that the hospital
violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act by failing
to provide timely and proper medical treatment for Herrera who had
extreme abdominal pain.

Parkland president and chief executive Dr. Ron Anderson called
Herrera's death a tragedy. He said the hospital has reached a
settlement and taken several steps to improve its quality including
reducing emergency room wait times.

Herrera's family could not immediately be reached.

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