Bronx St. Barnabas Hospital - A 30 year old man went to St. Barnabas Hospital's ER Sunday night around 10pm complaining of a rash. After his vitals were taken, he took a seat in the waiting area. At 6:40am the next morning he was found dead in his waiting room chair.
The Emergency Room employee who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation was working that night and says there's one reason the patient died and was dead for several hours just feet from doctors and nurses.
"I'm saying he died because not enough staff to take care of the number of patients we see each day. We need more staff at St Barnabas hospital," he said.
The hospital claims the patient, 30-year-old John Verrier, was checked several times during those 8 hours and his name called when doctors were ready to see him.
Hoffer: It says he was checked on and his name was called several times?
ER Worker: "He was not checked on that is 100-percent false, was his name called? Yes, it was 3 times over the P-A system." He adds, "Based on number of people in the waiting room it is impossible to check on each person physically."
A hospital spokesman says that 'Per our policy and procedures, security checked on the patient and others. video surveillance confirms that he was still active and moving around as late as 3:45 a-m. An internal review, the spokesman says has concluded that all hospital guidelines were met."
"For me it feels like a cover-up," said the worker.
The ER worker says if the hospital fails to face up to its mistakes, they will happen again.
We don't know how many hours this young man sat dead in a waiting room chair, but the fact is he went to St Barnabas at 10 P-M. More than eight-and-a-half-hours later, a security guard found him.