My husband, Alan Kroner, died on the floor of the ER at San Dimas Community Hospital after they failed to respond to classic heart symptoms (throwing up, sweaty, pale, tight chest, confused mental state) in a timely fashion. My opinion is that they killed him; a less involved person might say they robbed him of the chance to survive.
And now, they want my home.
I write today asking you to sign my petition requesting Tenet Healthcare Corporation (the hospital owners at that time) to lift their judgment lien on my house, which is in foreclosure. I qualify for a loan modification, but cannot sign it without paying their lien in full or having it lifted.
Meanwhile, my home will be auctioned by Chase Bank on August 8, 2012. Here’s the back story:
My name is Mary “Jamie” Class. On 2/08/2008, my husband Alan and I took my daughter Jackie to the hospital for an allergic reaction. Once there, Alan started to feel funny. He began sweating, threw up, and complained of a tight chest and sore jaw. He walked in circles, and couldn't fill out an intake form for himself.
Despite classic heart attack symptoms, he was given 2 short exams and returned to the EMPTY waiting room. After an hour or more, he was finally taken to a cubicle where staff administered skin rash medicine but not the heart medication ordered by the doctor.
Almost immediately, we heard a crash and horrible gurgling. I ran to Alan’s cubicle and found him struggling on the floor. Then he went still. I watched in shock, Jackie screaming on the other side of the curtain, while 2 nurses tried unsuccessfully to lift him off the floor. They called a security guard, and then paged another.
12 minutes with no treatment, even though a crash cart was 4 feet away. You die in 5 or 6 without oxygen.
These events are verified by the hospital's own medical record, as well as notes I wrote that same evening.
So, where does the lien come in?
I sued the hospital - not for personal gain, but to send a message that might force them to change patient evaluation processes and prevent this tragedy from happening to anyone else.
Unbelievably, their lawyer got portions of the medical record – A LEGAL DOCUMENT – dismissed as hearsay. Then he “corrected” other parts for the jury. This let the doctor and nurses say anything on the stand. And so, Tenet Healthcare Corporation dodged a bullet. They won.
You’d think they would just be grateful, but no. Now this enormous corporation, where the CEO’s yearly compensation package exceeds $1.08 million …… wants me to pay legal fees of only (to them) $23 thousand.
Except, I can’t. Between losing Alan and the crashed economy, I don’t have a dime to give them. I am a struggling single mother with a special needs daughter. My school job hours have been slashed due to education budget cuts, and we have no medical insurance to help with Jackie’s bills.
My home is in foreclosure, like so many families in this economy. I qualify for a loan modification that would save our home, but cannot accept it without paying off Tenet’s lien in one lump sum (which I can’t) or having it lifted…. Which Tenet refuses to do.
Will you please help by signing my petition?
Tell Tenet Healthcare Corporation to do the right thing, and lift their lien so I can save our home from foreclosure!
Thank you, Mary (Jamie) Class and daughter Jackie