When Linette McCan's 7-year-old son Gregory came to her complaining
of a stomachache last Saturday, she never dreamed her child would be dead
the next morning.
She says doctors in the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente's Walnut
Creek hospital ignored Gregory as he suffered from what turned out to be
meningococcal sepsis, an infection that led to his death Sunday morning.
A panel of medical specialists from Kaiser Permanente has ruled against
John and Alicia Bennett's request for insurance coverage for transplanting
healthy umbilical cord cells into their sons Hunter, 4, and Tommy, 2.
The boys and their sister, Ciara, 6, suffer from a rare condition known
as Sanfilippo syndrome, which causes progressive damage to the heart, bones,
joints and respiratory and central nervous systems. It is usually fatal
by age 13.
Stirs Hope for 2 Ill Brothers
Because of a $1-million research donation from Kaiser Permanente, two
Amador County boys with a rare genetic disease may soon get experimental
transplants that offer the only chance to save their lives.
Kaiser, the state's largest HMO, had refused for months to pay for umbilical
cord-blood transplants for Hunter Bennett, 4, and his 2-year-old brother,
Tommy. Their 6-year-old sister, Ciara, also has the disease, but is not
eligible for the transplant because the illness has progressed too far.
The HMO argued that the transplants themselves could be life-threatening
and had not been proved to work. But, after an onslaught of media coverage,
Kaiser agreed to donate $1 million to Duke University in North Carolina
for research into the children's condition, known as Sanfilippo syndrome.
Duke can use the money to cover the boys' medical costs there.
Technically, the HMO's decision does not set a precedent or change its
position on covering the experimental treatment--but it allows the family
to pursue its only hope.
say it shouldn't pay for what it calls risky, unproven
The HMO's experts say it shouldn't pay for what it calls risky, unproven
By Cynthia Hubert -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 a.m. PDT Saturday, June 8, 2002
Article on how Kaiser legally murders patients
License to kill
Hospitals reserve the right to pull your plug
Sunday, December 2, 2001
In 1994, the parents of a premature infant sued to prevent the imposition
of futile care upon their son, "Baby Ryan" Nguyen, after doctors told them
they were ending his kidney dialysis.
Ryan would have died, but the Nguyens' attorney obtained a temporary court
order forcing doctors to provide continued life-sustaining care pending a full
The doctors and hospital did not take the Nguyens' defiance lying down.
They filed an affidavit requesting the right to refuse to provide treatment,
claiming that Ryan's condition was "universally fatal" and that continuing
life-sustaining treatment was a violation of their ethics and autonomy.
Astonishingly, a hospital administrator even went so far as to report the
Nguyen family to Child Protective Services for "physical abuse and physical
neglect" of Ryan based on the parents' success in obtaining the injunction to
keep their child from death.
Originally posted at: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-010202kaiser.story
Cases Reveal Lapses in Kaiser Emergency Care
Health: Nine arbitration proceedings offer a rare look into HMO. It
denies any pattern of negligence.
By CHARLES ORNSTEIN
Times Health Writer
A 6-year-old boy who died in the hospital after the Kaiser urgent
care center in Panorama City failed to diagnose a heart ailment.
Claim: Kaiser failed to prescribe antibiotics to a 4-year-old child
who went to the Anaheim emergency room with fever, nausea and joint pain
in February 1987. The child developed bacterial spinal meningitis and became
deaf as a result of the condition.
Arbitration award: $257,190
Arbitration award: $250,000
Claim: Kaiser urgent care center in Mission Viejo failed to remove glass
from the knee of a 9-year-old girl who struck a glass cabinet door in May
1995. Glass was removed surgically more than two years later, causing cartilage
Arbitration award: $407,000
Claim: Kaiser urgent care center in Panorama City failed to diagnose
a viral heart ailment in a 6-year-old boy who sought medical care in May
1994. Although he was admitted to a hospital, the boy died several hours
The soul-searching among anesthesiologists at Kaiser Permanente's Woodland
Hills hospital began in 1999, after 2-month-old Grant Wray nearly died
as he was being sedated for hernia surgery.
Doubts grew the following year when 19-month-old Jose Fajardo III suffered
throat spasms during anesthesia, then died.
General anesthesiologists at Woodland Hills questioned whether they
could safely care for children so young; they implored hospital leaders
to send these patients elsewhere or hire pediatric specialists.
Hospital administrators said the two cases were aberrations and strongly
defended using general anesthesiologists for pediatric surgeries. They
did, however, make some changes, such as enlisting neonatologists, who
specialize in caring for newborns, to help sedate the youngest infants.
Kaiser settles family's lawsuitHis parents blame the
hospital for their son's permanent disability after birth.
By Ramon Coronado -- Bee Staff Writer - (Published
October 10, 2002)
A Kaiser hospital in Sacramento has agreed to pay $2.25 million to settle
a lawsuit alleging its staff neglected to tell a Carmichael couple their
newborn son had a treatable medical condition that later injured him permanently.
Court OKs Reduced Malpractice Sum in Girl's Death
$250,000 limit applies in suit over hospital `dumping'
Chiang, Chronicle Legal Affairs Writer
March 26, 1999
at 5:30 p.m.
and was examined by a staff physician, Dr.
Trach Phoung Dang,
who wanted to do blood tests to determine whether
had a bacterial infection. But a
doctor at Kaiser Permanente Hospital
him not to do so, saying that the tests could
wait until she was
to Kaiser. The girl was enrolled in Kaiser's health plan.
So much for the great Kaiser computer system. They can't even track who writes
KTVU - Fox Network
A Danville couple whose two children were killed by a hit-and-run driver wants new
controls on how doctors prescribe drugs. Bob and Carmen say Kaiser permanente
shares the death of their two children. A woman charged with being drunk when she
hit and killed the children back in 2003. The Packs believe Baretta was under the
influence of painkillers at the time prescribed by several different Kaiser doctors.
The month of the accident, a Kaiser doctor prescribed 50 vicadin pills without
knowing that six days earlier another doctor gave her 50 prescriptions for 50 pills.
updates to this story:
April 27, 2005 - Hit-And-Run Nanny Sentenced To 30 Years To Life
Apologizes For Burial Mix-Up
Infants Mistakenly Buried Together
POSTED: 7:16 pm PDT May 23, 2006
Kaiser loses ruling in death of newborn
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Kaiser loses ruling in death of newborn
ARBITRATION: An attorney says the doctor used standard procedures to
the birth defect.
By DOUGLAS E. BEEMAN
A Murrieta couple has won a $1 million arbitration case against Kaiser
Permanente stemming from the death of their newborn daughter nearly three
years ago. An arbitrator ruled that the doctor who performed the surgery
to repair a birth defect used poor judgment when complications arose after
Under California's law limiting general damages in medical liability
cases, the award was reduced to $250,000.
The couple, Rachelle and Leon Phillips, say the award is small compensation
for the loss of their child. More important, Rachelle Phillips said, is
that Kaiser has been held responsible for its error that cost Renea Phillips
Tibbles Sex offender history since 1975- still KP MD
Dr. Jay Tibbles, M.D. - Pediatrition that specialized
in molestation cases at Kaiser Permanente Fontana
As of April 8, 2002 Dr. Jay Harold Tibbles,
of Fontana, California convicted of six feloney counts of unlawful
attempt to commit lewd acts with a child and five felony counts of unlawful
attempt to send harmful matter to a child under 14 years of age with intent
to seduce the child. License revoked. Effective, April 8.
Kaiser Internist Gets
Year for Sex Charge Chronicle Staff Report
February 7, 2001
learned in March 1998 that Jacobson, a former Kaiser internist
in Milpitas, had
spoken of having sex with young girls, authorities
An undercover agent tape-recorded
telephone calls in which Jacobson
for the agent, posing as a "madam," to find an
11-year-old girl for his
sexual purposes, authorities said.
Dirty Little Secret - Kaiser Bellflower - Dr. Peter
Fischer by Susan Goldsmith
Permanente Hospital Officials were warned twice that
Dr. Peter Fischer
was molesting his boy patients. And they
keep doing it.
Ailing System of Caring for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Justices duck ruling for HMO
Dan Freedman, EXAMINER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Wednesday, May 17, 1995
Comer, a star high school
with aspirations to play
professionally, died of a rare form of pediatric cancer known as
in 1991 at age 17.
Kaiser attorneys argued the treatment was not covered by Comer's HMO
plan (through her job at AT&T) because it was experimental.
raised $100,000 to cover the cost of the treatment, but Ryan's cancer
too advanced, and he died soon after. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/e/a/1995/05/17/NEWS6859.dtl
FAMILY BRAVES MEDICAL FRONTIERS TO SAVE A GIRL'S LIFE.
Vianna Trenchuk waits alone in a
cavernous room. It is empty, except
for the cold metal bed she lies on and the machine she hopes will save
Four screws hold
an awkward metal frame steady on her head: two in front
above her eyes and two behind, where a scar curves like a question mark
down the back of her head. Doctors hoped a surgery to remove Vianna's
tumor three years ago would cure her, but in January, a walnut-sized
glowed white against black on the 15-year-old's brain scans. The
"She is out of
options," said Dr. Michael Miller, radiation oncologist
at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. "That's a hard thing to accept."
Kaiser doctors told the family this spring that there is no proven
way to save or prolong Vianna's life, her parents, Dwayne and Sandra,
an odyssey many with cancer brave: They decided to investigate the
on their own.
Denied medical treatment at Kaiser Baldwin Park - This story of a
little boy that Kaiser had lied to the parents by telling th entire family that he
was cured was followed internationally.
Kaiser has mistreated
Miss.Breanna Pflaumer - http://www.hembree.us/Breanna.html
Breanna Pflaumer is a young lady with parents that knew Kaiser wasn't
telling all. For two years Kaiser had been pretending that she had
if anything wrong with her. For two years this young lady
and for two years Kaiser pretended that they did not know
really wrong. This isn't malpractice, this is called
Kaiser did it on purpose to avoid treating a patient.
was losing a lot of weight and had
developed serious neurological
problems. In characteristic Kaiser behavior several months went by
Kaiser could get around to allowing Breanna to be properly examined.
Breanna's parents kept taking her back to Kaiser for medical care. This
is called Kaiser medical billing fraud and is highly profitable to the
company. Repeated co-pays being paid by patients that are
along make up a mighty tidy income for Kaiser. Kaiser staff played dumb
and people do get the idea when this happens that the place is run by
improperly trained phyciains. Nothing is further from the
They know exactly what they are doing with these matters and they are
it on purpose.
When Kaiser was finally
forced into examining this
young lady they followed
their classic pattern of delay of diagnosis by sending her to first an
endocrinologist who misdiagnosed her, lied about what tests were run
sent her off to a dietician claiming that she had a eating disorder
labeling her a mental patient.
any patient is labeled a mental patient
in the Kaiser system
that should be a big red flag to get a through physical examination
To continue this
standard treatment Kaiser tried
to transfer the burden
of actual cause of disease onto the patient. This is again a
attempt to distract from what they are actually doing which is avoid
medical care while collecting those co-pays. Finally, near
of 2004 Kaiser diagnosed her with inoperable cancer. This is
time of year when Kaiser will intentionally misdiagnosis or
or outright lie to the patient that there is no hope in order to have
money left over in their budget to transfer to the Permanente for the
Breanna's parents got
her medical care outside the
Kaiser system at
their own expense. The fake Kaiser Review Board is refusing
the family for actual costs of "real" medical care. If it
true Review Board the family would have already been reimbursed. Read
entire story and how it is progressing at: http://www.hembree.us/Breanna.html
TRAGEDY AND TRAVESTY AT KAISER HOSPITAL
Nayvin Gordon regarding the substandard care his daughter, a twenty
year old San Francisco State University student received at
Were it not for the Kaiser diluted, overly managed, corporate cost
features of standard, accepted by the entire world life
this young lady may well have not suffered permanent brain
Kaiser really botched this case but instead of owning up to it pulled
all over the State of California with every government agency in
to not be held accountable. The clock is ticking Kaiser and
going to fall hard when the bell rings. Your time is past and we are
just going to let you lie there in the mud where you deserve to
The administrator of Kaiser Permanente's Fresno hospital stepped down
Monday, days after the release of a federal report that criticized the
way the medical center responded to complaints about a doctor who
handled high-risk pregnancies.
In a written statement released late Monday, Kaiser said Fresno
hospital administrator Susan Ryan had resigned, effective immediately.
Last week, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released
a report suggesting that if Kaiser Fresno had kept a closer watch over
its medical staff, two babies might still be alive.
The review was the latest in a series of critical assessments of the
giant health maintenance organization, the nation's largest with 6.5
million members in California.
mirrored for historical purposes at: http://californianews.kaiserpapers.info/children/fresnoadministrator.html
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Kaiser pays $3.2 million in birthing malpractice case
A now 14-year-old girl wasn't breathing when she was born at the Anaheim hospital.
The Orange County Register
A 14-year-old Lake Forest girl who suffered brain damage during her
birth at Kaiser Permanente's Anaheim hospital received a $3.2 million
settlement this month.
Ariana Ehtemam wasn't breathing when she
was delivered by Caesarean section and now suffers from physical and
behavioral problems, according to court documents.
The money from Kaiser has purchased an annuity worth $20 million over her lifetime. She will receive the first payment at 18.
Her parents, Ardie and Ela Ehtemam, declined to comment through their attorney, Frank Barbaro.
The settlement was reached after a binding arbitration decision in favor of the family.http://www.ocregister.com/life/kaiser-million-family-1969345-ehtemam-need
mirrored for historical purposes at: http://californianews.kaiserpapers.info/children/ArianaEhtemam.html