Aria Health executive: Philadelphia hospital ignored policy in patient death

Philadelphia Inquirer, February 3, 2010

A senior executive from Aria Health, owner of the Philadelphia hospital where Joaquin Rivera died in November as he waited for emergency treatment, said that staff did not follow company policy requiring periodic checks on patients in the waiting room. Chief operating officer Linde Finsrud Wilson, testifying at a City Council hearing on Rivera's death, said the hospital had since trained staff to keep better watch on waiting patients. She said it also had added a second full-time security guard in the 25-seat waiting room, where Rivera's watch was stolen after he died, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.


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