Neglect in the care of an elderly woman at local hospital caused infestation of maggots – claims a recently filed lawsuit

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A brother and sister are disgusted and upset with how their mother allegedly spent her final days in the hospital.  They have filed a lawsuit against Orange Park Medical Center, claiming maggots were found in her mouth and other parts of her body.  According to the siblings, their mother was very independent, vibrant and funny.  They do not remember her as weak or frail in spirit or in body.  But, there is now a different image of their mom that will forever live in their minds and therefore they have filed a lawsuit as a result.  The lawsuit alleges that Dorothy Mooneyham was admitted to the hospital Nov. 13, 2015, and, while there, she suffered a heart attack and was moved to the ICU. She was there until Dec. 11.  The lawsuit states, while she was there, her mouth and other parts of her body became infested with maggots. The lawsuit claims the hospital failed to maintain safe and sanitary conditions in the intensive care unit. The suit also claims Mooneyham did not receive appropriate oral care and bathing.  According to their attorney who spoke to First Coast News, “None of it was detected until the maggots actually started coming out of her mouth the next day. This went on for a period of three days.

Orange Park Medical Center released this statement to First Coast News:  We are aware of the outrageous and inaccurate allegations that have been made. While we understand the grief of losing a loved one and we offer our condolences to this family, we are proud of the skilled and compassionate care our team provides every day to our patients, and we will vehemently defend this case in court.

OPMC’s website said it places in the top 4 percent of hospitals as a Joint Commission top performer for quality and safety in patient care.

The Joint Commission’s spokeswoman could not confirm if the agency investigated this specific case but did say it evaluated a similar concern and worked with the hospital to address it.

The Agency for Healthcare Administration said it is currently reviewing what happened.

According to the US News Word Report, hospitals are evaluated across 16 medical specialties that include cancer and cardiology & heart surgery. Twelve of the 16 specialties rely heavily on data from multiple sources like the American Hospital Association and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In four other specialties, hospitals are scored on reputation among surveyed physicians.  Orange Park Medical Center ranked as follows for Adult Specialties:

Specialty National Rank Overall Score
Cancer Not Ranked 14.0/100
Cardiology & Heart Surgery Not Ranked 19.3/100
Diabetes & Endocrinology Not Ranked 27.0/100
Ear, Nose & Throat Not Ranked 16.3/100
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery Not Ranked 32.9/100
Geriatrics Not Ranked 32.8/100
Nephrology Not Ranked 36.1/100
Neurology & Neurosurgery Not Ranked 26.4/100
Orthopedics Not Ranked 24.2/100
Pulmonology Not Ranked 36.8/100
Urology Not Ranked 27.9/100

If  you or a loved one has been the victim of neglect medically, contact us at Edwards & Ragatz for a free consultation.  (904)399-1609 or (866)366-1609 or email us at info@edwardsragatz.com.

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