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Pa. Health Department cites Penn State Hershey for delays, two deaths

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 29, 2017 6:58 AM
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(Hershey) -- The state Health Department has cited Penn State Hershey Medical Center for delays in the care of three patients, including two who died.

The report stemmed from an unannounced survey conducted in July.

Investigators say a response team should have been called sooner for a six-year-old boy after coming to the hospital with a high heart rate and other ailments in June.

The boy died.

Another patient eventually died after waiting more than two hours for treatment after a fall.

The department says the hospital did not correctly diagnose a patient who was suffering from a stroke.

The medical center says the instances are "inconsistent with the high-quality care our community has come to expect from us."

Last month, the medical center was cited by the Health Department for the death of a six-year-old boy and its handling.

The death occurred the day after the boy was brought to the emergency room on Jan. 10 but was not reported to hospital authorities until March 3 after the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority received an anonymous letter from an employee.

*As a note of disclosure Penn State Hershey Health is a financial supporter of WITF's Transforming Health Project*

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