United Hospital's ER Investigated for 'Unnecessary Deaths'
Minnesota Department of Health officials are taking a closer look at what's happening inside the emergency room at United Hospital in St. Paul.
Two months ago, we first reported on allegations of patients dying at United because protocol in the emergency room were "reckless" and lead to "improper care."
Former nurse, Sandra White, helped manage the ER between April 2011 and September 2012. In that time, White tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS "eight to 10 patients died unnecessarily because ER protocol took too long with too many delays."
White says she complained to the Minnesota Department of Health in December 2011 without much success. After two months of trying to get answers from the Department of Health, we sat down with the man in charge of overseeing conditions in ER programs at hospitals across the state.
Mark Schoenbaum tells KSTP his agency takes White's concerns "very seriously." And, as United attempts to renew its emergency certification, Schoenbaum tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the state is "making a very thorough review of the trauma unit's practices at United."
Allina Health runs United. The company declined an on-camera interview while the case is still in litigation. But, in a statement, the company says, in part, "we absolutely deny these allegations and will vigorously oppose this lawsuit. It will be clear, these allegations are without merit."