March 7, 2016
Top Brooklyn, NY Hospital Executives Replaced After Negligent Death Of Woman Patient
Grisel Soto, 47, left, with Christopher Matos
Three top executives at Coney Island Hospital have been ousted in the wake of a controversial patient death, sources told The Post.
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Officials with the city Health and Hospitals Corp., which operates the Brooklyn hospital, confirmed that the three execs have stepped down in order to “improve the patient experience and culture.”
The high-level shake-up came just a month after the Feb. 1 emergency-room death of 47-year-old patient Grisel Soto.
Her demise spurred an HHC review that uncovered the unauthorized hiring of 450 additional staff and a $65 million projected deficit, one source said.
Nursing staff at Coney Island misdiagnosed Soto as suffering from a overdose of synthetic marijuana, family members have alleged in press accounts.
“They treated her like a psych patient,” a source alleged.
Soto’s death from allegedly undiagnosed meningitis is under investigation by the city Medical Examiner’s Office.
Autopsy results are not yet complete, an ME spokeswoman said Thursday.
Following Soto’s death, “The central office sent people to go through all the records at Coney Island for the past three weeks,” the source said.
The review found that the hospital had hired 450 employees, mostly nursing staff, without HHC approval, the source said.
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“This hospital has been screwed up for decades,” another source told The Post.
Problems range from insect infestations to patient overcrowding, that source said.
Hospital execs ousted after E.R. patient’s controversial death
By Laura Italiano
New York Post
March 4, 2016 | 12:47am