Hospital Unhelpful but Legal

Recently I blogged about Birgilio Marin-Fuentes, the man who drove himself to the Portland Adventist Medical Center as he suffered a heart attack. When he arrived at the hospital parking lot, he lost consciousness and crashed. Some police officers were there and tried to help him. One officer ran the short distance to the hospital emergency room seeking help but was told to call 911. Nobody from the emergency room came out to the parking lot to assist until an ambulance had been summoned via 911. Marin-Fuentes later died. The hospital defended its actions by stating that it was simply following protocol.

From what I can gather, the hospital personnel and police officers have differing views on what transpired. The hospital contends that it believed the parking lot incident was a car accident and advised the officer to call 911 because emergency medical personnel have mobile equipment. The hospital also stated it sent out a nursing supervisor, a charge nurse, security staff, and a paramedic who happened to be in the emergency room at the time. The police officers in the parking lot, on the other hand, felt helpless and frustrated and were the ones administering CPR.

A federal investigation was launched, and today federal regulators concluded its investigation and found the hospital’s conduct to be legal. For more information on this story, see this article from the Oregonian.