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SALEM Hospital must pay to settle lawsuit



Published: Thu, August 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The lawsuit also named as a defendant a company the hospital used to provide emergency room services.

By NORMAN LEIGH

VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU

SALEM -- Salem Community Hospital will pay a nearly $350,000 share of a $1.25 million settlement in a civil lawsuit, an attorney says.

The lawsuit, filed in 1999 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, was settled out of court earlier this week, Atty. Allen Schulman of Canton said Wednesday.

Keith and Susan Johnson of Cameron Street, Winona, sued the hospital and others on behalf of their daughter, Jaclyn.

The lawsuit states that Jaclyn was taken to the hospital emergency room on Nov. 16, 1994. She was 4 months old at the time and had a fever.

Seen by doctor

She was seen by Dr. Lauren Fredrickson of Salem, an employee of Emergency Professional Services Inc. of Middleburg Heights. The company was contracted by the hospital to provide emergency room services.

The lawsuit claims that Dr. Fredrickson prescribed medicine and took blood samples from Jaclyn and then sent her home.

On Nov. 17, Jaclyn's laboratory reports revealed that she had meningitis. The hospital had Jaclyn brought back to the hospital. She was admitted and then transferred to Tod Children's Hospital in Youngstown.

The child's condition resulted in her suffering from severe, permanent and debilitating injuries, the lawsuit says.

She has required and will continue to require extensive medical treatment and therapy, the lawsuit says.

Negligence alleged

It claims the hospital, and Dr. Fredrickson and Emergency Professional Services, also named as defendants, were negligent in their diagnosis and treatment of Jaclyn.

Schulman said the hospital will pay $350,000 of the settlement. The remainder is being paid by Emergency Professional Services and an insurance company.

Hospital officials would not be interviewed on the subject, instead providing a written statement.

"We firmly believe there was no wrongdoing by any member of the hospital staff," the statement said, in part.




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