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National Hospital Week: May 9-15, 2021

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has been hosting National Hospital Week for many years. While the vast majority of hospitals are dedicated to providing quality medical care, there are some facilities that cut corners and engage in other negligent acts that may put patients at risk. Hospitals can be held accountable for negligent misconduct by physicians, nurses, and administration, so it is critical to understand your rights and potential remedies if you or a loved one suffered harm.

Theories of Liability in Hospital Negligence Claims: As a practical matter, hospital negligence is the failure of the facility to provide a level of care in accordance with reasonably acceptable standards. The specific theories that may give rise to a negligence claim against the hospital include:

  • Respondeat Superior: This Latin term translates into having the principal answer for the wrongful acts of the agent, or the employer taking responsibility for the misconduct of an employee. So, if a hospital’s employee, such as a doctor or nurse, is negligent, the hospital can be held accountable for that employee’s negligence.
  • Direct Negligence: A hospital is required to implement appropriate policies and procedures for purposes of complying with national and state regulations, but also for purposes of ensuring that its patients receive adequate care.  If a hospital does not have appropriate standards in place, and that failure leads to a patient’s injury, then the hospital can be held liable for negligently failing to have such policies.
  • Inadequate Staffing: Hospitals are required to ensure that there is sufficient staff on duty at all times to support the needs of patients. If understaffing impacts quality patient care, there may be a situation of hospital negligence.

Hospitals and Vicarious Liability: Part of exercising due care involves the hospital’s responsibilities regarding agents and employees. If the facility fails in this duty, you could have a claim based upon vicarious liability. This legal concept basically imputes liability to an employer or principal for the negligence of its agents and employees. Therefore, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against a hospital for:

  • Errors (such as misdiagnosis, birth injuries, surgical mistakes, etc.) by physicians who are direct employees or agents of the hospital
  • Mistakes by nurses in performing their duties with respect to patients, including feeding, providing medications, and monitoring vital signs
  • Simple negligence, such as where an employee causes injury while transferring a patient to a bed, transporting a person via wheelchair, serving meals, and other tasks

Hospital Liability for Negligent Acts: This type of legal liability for a health care facility is holding the organization accountable for its own negligence and errors. A hospital is a business like any other, so some of the concepts of premises liability may arise. For example, a facility may be liable if it:

  • Fails to properly vet and conduct background checks on employees
  • Neglects to confirm that employees have the proper credentials
  • Doesn’t train or supervise employees regarding proper procedures on hand washing, sanitation, prevention of falls
  • Neglects to repair medical equipment or dangerous conditions on property
  • Fails to maintain proper policies and procedures regarding patient care
  • Mishandles patient charts
  • Otherwise engages in negligent or careless acts or omissions that cause injury to patients 

Contact Our Florida Hospital Errors and Negligence Lawyers to Discuss Details

For more information, please contact Freidin Brown, P.A. at our offices in Miami or Fort Myers, FL. We can set up a no-cost case evaluation with a Florida hospital negligence attorney to review your situation and determine next steps.

Resource:

aha.org/ahia/get-involved/national-hospital-week#:~:text=2021%20National%20Hospital%20Week%20May%209%20%2D%2015%20%7C%20AHA

 

As a point of reference, please see the list of Florida’s Largest Hospital Systems and Hospitals Below:

 

HCA

HCA North Florida

Capital Regional Medical Center

Central Florida Regional Hospital

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center

Lake City Medical Center

North Florida Regional Medical Center

Ocala Regional Medical Center

Osceola Regional Medical Center

Oviedo Medical Center

Poinciana Medical Center

Putnam Community Medical Center

Twin Cities Hospital

UCF Lake Nona Medical Center

West Florida Hospital

 

HCA South Atlantic

Orange Park Medical Center

Memorial Hospital Jacksonville

 

HCA East Florida

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

Highlands Regional Medical Center

JFK Medical Center

JFK North Campus

Kendal Regional Medical Center

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center

Mercy Hospital- Miami

North West Medical Center

Palms West Hospital

Plantation General Hospital

St. Lucie Medical Center

University Hospital & Medical Center

Westside Regional Medical Center

 

HCA West Florida

Blake Medical Center

Brandon Regional Hospital

Citrus Memorial

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Englewood Community Hospital

Fawcett Memorial

Largo Medical Center

Medical Center of Trinity

Memorial Hospital of Tampa

Northside Hospital

Oak Hill Hospital

Palms of Pasadena

RMC Bayonet Point

South Bay Hospital

St. Petersburg General

 

Advent Health

AdventHealth Sebring

AdventHealth Lake Placid

AdventHealth Altamonte Springs

AdventHealth Apopka

AdventHealth Celebration

AdventHealth East Orlando

AdventHealth for Children

AdventHealth Kissimmee

Advent Health Orlando

AdventHealth Winter Park

AdventHealth Winter Garden

AdventHealth Tampa

AdventHealth Lake Wales

AdventHealth Carrollwood

AdventHealth Connerton

AdventHealth Dade City

AdventHealth Daytona Beach

AdventHealth DeLand

AdventHealth Fish Memorial

AdventHealth Heart of Florida

AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach

AdventHealth North Pinellas

AdventHealth Ocala

AdventHealth Palm Coast

AdventHealth Waterman

AdventHealth Wauchula

AdventHealth Wesley Chapel

AdventHealth Zephyrhills

 

Universal Health Services, Inc.

Wellington Regional Medical Center

Manatee Healthcare System

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

Ambulatory Surgery Centers:

Manatee Diagnostic Center Arcadia

Manatee Diagnostic Center Pointe West

Manatee Diagnostic Center Riverside

Manatee Diagnostic Center Parrish

Palms Westside Clinic

Westlake Emergency Room

Fruitville Emergency Room

Physician Networks:

Wellington Physicians Alliance

Manatee Physicians Alliance

Lauderdale Behavioral Health Center

SandyPines Residential Treatment Center

Coral Shores Behavioral Health

Suncoast Behavioral Health Center

Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center

Windmoor Healthcare of Clearwater

Central Florida Behavioral Hospital

La Amistad Behavioral Health Services

University Behavioral Center

Palm Point Behavioral Center

The Vines Hospital

Wekiva Springs Center

River Point Behavioral Health

Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital

Gulf Coast Treatment Center

Okaloosa Youth Academy

 

Baycare Health Systems

Bartow Regional Medical Center

BayCare Alliant Hospital

Mease Countryside Hospital

Mease Dunedin Hospital

Morton Plant Hospital

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital

South Florida Baptist Hospital

St. Anthony’s Hospital

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

St. Joseph’s Hospital

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North

St. Joseph’s Hospital-South

St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital

Winter Haven Hospital

Winter Haven Women’s Hospital

 

Community Health Systems

Bayfront Health Brooksville

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte

Bayfront Health Punta Gorda

Bayfront Health Seven Rivers

Bayfront Health Spring Hill

Lower Keys Medical Center

North Okaloosa Medical Center

Physicians Regional Healthcare System – Collier

Physicians Regional Healthcare System – Pine Ridge

Santa Rosa Medical Center

Venice Regional Bayfront Health

 

Tenet Health

CareSpot Urgent Care – Miami Gardens

CareSpot Urgent Care – Pembroke Pines

CareSpot Urgent Care – West Pines

Coral Gables Hospital

Hialeah Hospital

North Shore Medical Center

Palmetto General Hospital

West Boca Medical Center

Delray Medical Center

Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore

 

Baptist Health

Kendall – Baptist Children’s Hospital

Kendall – Baptist Hospital

Kendall – Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute

Coral Gables (Doctors Hospital) – Doctors Hospital

Homestead – Homestead Hospital

South Miami – South Miami Hospital

West Kendall Baptist Hospital

 

Orlando Health

Orlando Health Horizon West Hospital

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital

Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center

Orlando Health South Lake Hospital

Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital

Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital

Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies

Orlando Health — Health Central Hospital

 

Ascension Healthcare

Ascension St. Vincent’s Clay County Hospital

Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside Hospital

Performance Orthopedics and Spine Specialty Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent’s

Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside Hospital

Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf

Ascension Sacred Heart Bay

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast Family Birth Place

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast

Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola

Ascension Sacred Heart Maternity and Women’s Center

Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart

 

Cleveland Clinic Florida

Cleveland Clinic Florida

Indian River Hospital

Martin Health at St. Lucie West

Martin North Hospital

Martin South Hospital

Tradition Hospital

 

Health First, Inc

Cape Canaveral Hospital

Holmes Regional Medical Center

Palm Bay Hospital

Viera Hospital

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