Malpractice suit takes aim at St. Vincent business practices

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Dr. Douglas Slaughter

Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 9:46 am, Fri May 2, 2014.

A judge’s rulings Thursday set the stage for a trial that will take aim at the way Santa Fe’s only general hospital does business, and whether those practices led to a local artist’s life-changing injury.

Jerry Gaussoin, 73, blames institutional business practices at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for his paralysis, but the hospital maintains Gaussoin’s condition was caused by Parkinson’s disease.

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  • Julian R. Grace posted at 12:56 pm on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    Logies New Mexican Posts: 108

    Rod: Didn't you have any say in the matter? The last thing I will do as a patient is following a medical practitioner blindly to do any procedure unless absolutely necessary.

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 12:03 pm on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 340

    Dr. Slaughter performing surgeries at St. Victims, kind of reminds me of Silent Hill!

  • Rod Oldehoeft posted at 10:18 am on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    Rod Oldehoeft Posts: 23

    In my experience, CSVH's business practices extend to over-prescribing tests and procedures to maximize profit. An initial endoscopy found my ulcer, and that should have been that. But I was then subjected to a CT scan, an ultrasound scan, and a MRI scan, plus a later colonoscopy (even though I had had one a year before). My Medicare and backup insurance cards were certainly taken for a joyride.

    In addition, the technicians doing all those scans are so tightly booked that, if any procedure takes longer than expected, the whole day's schedule goes to pieces. Scheduling theory shows that a tiny bit of slack in the schedule would prevent that. Clearly, they are maximizing technician productivity over the patient experience.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:07 am on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 425

    And why is the "Crustus", left out of the hospital name frequently in this article, including the title? Use the whole name. It's "Crustus" that runs and controls the hospital now. Remember? CRISTUS ST. VINCENT is again being sued.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 10:46 pm on Thu, May 1, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 425

    The news on this sad excuse for a hospital just keeps getting worse. Why aren't either of these clown doctors included in the suit? Seems there was an article a couple of years ago on a suit against Hankinson by a CSVH patient. A friend once mentioned that NM Online court records is a great place to check out a doctor's history as far as liability suits, and they are public. Does Crusty's hire throw aways from other hospitals and practices knowing what their record is? Hmm...

    And, a bonus system for number of surgeries performed? Now THAT'S scary as he!!.
    Even more reason to go to Presbyterian in Espanola or Albuquerque.


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