Sun Healthcare Group Inc Nursing Homes / Broken Equipment
Sun Healthcare had an existing injunction with the State of Calif for killing patients from a broken HVAC system in Burlingame, Calif in 2001. In 2003 my mother was living in one of their facilities in Newport Beach, Sunbridge Newport. A state agency came in and condemned their HVAC system in May, 2003. She lived there until Dec, 2003. The following is a summary of her physician's medical review:
There are several incidences of concern in this patients' case which should be noticed. The frequency of her recurrent pneumonia is concerning as well as the type of pneumonia which she developed were concerning. The infection incidence at Sunbridge Newport was monitored quarterly and it was noted over the national average during infection control meeting in the final quarter of the year 2003. As I was medical director for this facility I had request further evaluation by the staff to the etiology of this occurrence within the facility. Multiple families had complained about this problem. Unfortunately, the administration did not take due diligence in ameliorating this problem in 2003. Lack of sufficient ventilation contributes to pneumonia. This was a sentinel event; however the administration continued to give both patients families and the undersigned a variety of excuses why it was "taking some time" to fix this problem. Upon review of the medical record, it is medically probably that this patients recurrent pneumonia (especially MRSA) was related to the physical facility.
There is another incidence of concern. Blood pressure monitoring cuffs which were not working in Sunbridge Newport in 2003. This, again, was a sentinel event and of grave concern. As medical director, this was an extraordinary event which prompted my immediate reaction as Medical Director to request the administration immediately order new blood pressure equipment for the safety of the patients within the facility. I was subsequently directly in contact from my Newport Beach private practice office with Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse Special Agent Supervisor Joseph Fendrick to discuss this matter. Unfortunately this was too late for Mrs. Evelyn Calvert, she arrived 7/16/04 to the emergency room in again respiratory distress and she died. Due to the limited response of the administration to meet patient needs, I resigned from Sunbridge Newport Rehabilitation in March, 2004 and gave sixty day notice of my termination as Medical Director from the facility. It is my opinion, as a Board Certified physician ... that this patients death is within medical probability aggravated or in causation by the failure of the ventilator system within Sunbridge Newport as well as the failure of the blood pressure monitoring devices within the facility."
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This isn't rocket science.
Deborah Calvert daughter of the late Evelyn Calvert
and former assistant to Buzz Aldrin
I've sued, it became complicated, forced to settle for only fraud, then I sued my attorney for malpractice for not including the wrongful death, elder abuse, intentional infliction of emotioan distress and paind and suffering. Because the CEO and Board Member of SUN Dr Chauncey Hunker did not repair the HVAC system we could prove willful misconduct = treble damages were due me. My attorney purposely dropped those charges unbeknowst to me, while I was having pancreatic cancer surgery -I'm sure he didn't think I'd live. And my brother had no knowledge of the case becasue he hadn't visited our mother in that nursing home. I have no spouse or children, so this was a windfall for my attorney.
When he found out I retained a malpractice attorney to sue him he died exactly 2 weeks later in his sleep, a 59 yr old man.