Where do you think the best place to have a heart attack is? You’d
think it would be near or in a hospital, but you might be wrong, particularly
if you’re in a hospital parking lot, and the hospital happens to
be Portland Adventist Medical Center.
Last week Birgilio Marin-Fuentes was not feeling well and decided to drive
himself to Portland Adventist Medical Center. What he nor his family knew
at the time was that he was suffering from a heart attack. He made it
as far as the hospital parking lot before passing out and crashing. He
was only a few hundred feet frmo the entrance to the emergency room. First
on the scene were a couple of police officers. They began administering
CPR on Marin-Fuentes while another officer ran into the emergency room
for help. The ER staff allegedly instructed the officer to call 911 and
said they could not send anyone out to the parking lot. They did, however,
send out a paramedic who was in the ER at the time, and some minutes later
an ambulance arrived.
It’s hard to tell what the real story is. There were in total 8 police
officers and 2 sergeants who responded to the call, and most of them contend
that hospital staff did not respond or help. Marin-Fuentes ended up dying.
His family has retained attorneys to investigate the hospital’s
response. They issued a statement that, “The police reports show
10 officers made it to the scene prior to Mr. Marin-Fuentes being taken
into the ER, and none observed any Adventist medical personnel responding
to a man who was ‘unconscious and not breathing’ within 260
feet of the ER entrance on the Adventist campus.” The hospital defends
its practices and said it was following protocol.
For more information see
this article in the Oregonian.