OUTRAGE! Yet another Greenville citizen is dead because of DRMC incompetence. Terry Huang, owner of the Hunan, died Monday in Memphis after being mismanaged for over 12 hours at DRMC. I know the medical system there from the inside and it is broken.
In 2007, this man died from something that doctors have been successfully treating since 1920. In 20 years of working in the medical field, I have never heard of someone dying from what he died from, even in third-world countries. I hope the Huang's sue DRMC out of business. There should be a state and federal investigation.
I too, have heard the reports of Terry Huang's untimely death, and express my condolences to his wife and family for the loss of this truly bright and talented man.
But why are we so surprised? Countless contributors to the Scoop have written of the horrendous conditions that exist at DRMC as well as the lack of competent staff, and yet we continue to allow our health care system to be ruined by its "Confederacy of Dunces!" The current administration is arrogant, corrupt and uncaring.
Latest word on the street is that DRMC will soon lose 5 of its 6 ER physicians. It seems that the ER Docs have had enough of Ray and his incompetent administration's inability to staff the hospital with qualified nurses. A physician recently told me that the entire ER is staffed with high paid "contract" nurses who fly in for a two week stint and then disappear.
The night that I took my son there for a fractured arm, we were there over five hours. Most of the time was spent simply waiting for staff to do their job...lab, radiology and finally a doctor. I don't think I even saw a nurse there that evening.
The issue that puzzles me most is how DRMC can continue to boast of its designation as a "Level II Trauma Center." In order to be verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level II Trauma Center, you must provide "24-hour-a-day commitment by the medical staff, including trauma surgeons, emergency physicians, anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons and orthopedic specialists."
I continue to hear horror stories from patients who were told that their "emergency" would have to wait because no specialist was on call. DRMC’s only neurosurgeon was just “laid off” by Ray Humphreys. Why?
As for 24 hour-a-day orthopedic coverage, I doubt that is possible now that they are down to one orthopedist. How are they going to run an ER with only one physician left? These are the issues that need to be investigated at both the state and federal levels.
As always, there are many more questions than answers at DRMC. "Outrage" certainly seems to be the theme of the month for Greenvillians. Our apathy toward the blatant arrogance and incompetence of our elected and appointed "leaders" have cost us millions of dollars in revenue this month, and now another precious life, which is priceless.