St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson, Maryland has issued 169 additional letters to patients identified as having received stents unnecessarily. Letters were sent to those patients during the past several days, which brings the total number of patients thus far notified to 538.
Speculation continues as to whether a whistle blower was responsible for the hospital’s internal investigation into the conduct of its once top interventional cardiologist, Mark Midei, M.D. Since December 2009, the number of potential patients having possible legal claims for improper stenting has nearly doubled. That number is expected to rise as the investigation continues.
In a statement issued yesterday, St Joseph’s explained that “[l]eaders of [St. Joseph] felt it was their ethical responsibility to notify these patients to allow them to determine if medical follow-up was appropriate. . . .”
Although St. Joseph’s claims they retained independent outside cardiology experts to review client charts, the initial review precipitating the issuance of the first letters in late 2009 were apparently the result of a purely internal audit. Although Dr. Midei maintains his innocence and has a website with many statements of support from colleagues, friends, family members and satisfied patients, the shear number of potential victims suggests a high probability that Dr. Midei acted deliberately and with an intent to deceive. Punitive damages may be available to injured patients. A federal investigation into the events surrounding Dr. Midei and St. Joseph’s is continuing.
Belsky , Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC is among the law firms representing patients in claims against Dr. Midei and St. Joseph’s Medical Center.