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Planned Parenthood doc yelled at patients, sexually harassed employees

Posted in Abortion and Sexual Assault, Abortionist, Planned Parenthood Employee, Planned Parenthood Employee Testifies against them with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2013 by saynsumthn

The Delaware Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint Thursday against former Planned Parenthood abortion doctor Timothy F. Liveright, citing him for unprofessional, incompetent and negligent conduct during his practice at the Wilmington clinic and calling him a “clear and immediate danger to the public.”

Contacted by phone Thursday evening, Liveright, 68, said such charges were “scandalous” for the state to make.

Liveright, who last month voluntarily surrendered his license to practice medicine in Delaware, performed abortions at the Planned Parenthood clinic on Shipley Street. He called the complaint “double jeopardy,” noting that similar complaints were investigated and dismissed last fall.

“It’s pure bullshit,” he said. “They’re jumping on whatever they can jump on. I don’t know what their agenda is, but I don’t think I’m a danger to the public.”

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According to the complaint, Liveright was reprimanded by Planned Parenthood of Delaware for “unprofessional, disrespectful, and inappropriate” conduct that included “yelling, screaming, and cursing” in front of employees and patients and sexual harassment of female employees.

The state also charged Liveright with incompetence and negligence related to abortions he performed on five patients from Feb. 12 to March 13 of this year.

Liveright has 20 days to respond to the complaint, according to James Collins, director of the Division of Professional Regulation. The Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline will hear the case or refer it to an administrative hearing officer for recommendation.

Read formal complaint filed by the Delaware Department of Justice on May 30, 2013 concerning Dr. Timothy Liveright who worked for Planned Parenthood in Wilmington, Delaware !

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Collins said the board has several sanctions available, including license revocation, a fine, suspension, probation and reprimand.

Specifically, the complaint cited Liveright for:

• Oversedating patients

• Performing unnecessary suction procedures

• Failing to properly assess a patient’s airway, lungs and heart prior to administering sedation

• Failing to properly assess patients

• Failing to properly administer oxygen

• Failing to adequately document procedures and results of procedures in patient charts

• Failing to consider alternative treatments

• Causing at least one perforation during surgery

• Failing to properly supervise resident physicians during procedures

• Failing to act with due competence and diligence to avoid unnecessary complications, resulting in patients requiring emergency hospital treatment

Liveright said his attorney will go “full force ahead” in his response to the complaint.

“They’re beating the same drum,” he said. “It’s an echo. They feel they have to do something – but it’s already been done.”

The state started the investigation earlier this year when several emergencies arose after abortions Liveright performed at the Wilmington clinic. A small cadre of anti-abortion protesters witnessed the arrival of ambulances and raised questions. Two former Planned Parenthood nurses then came forward with complaints they had filed in 2012 against the doctor and clinic.

Liveright left the staff of Planned Parenthood in late March. In April, he sent a letter to the Division of Professional Regulation, saying he had “retired from practicing medicine in Delaware and [had] no intentions of ever seeking practice there in the future,” according to the complaint.

“He is still accountable for any actions that may have occurred while he was licensed here,” Collins said. “He is still subject to sanctions.”

Liveright has performed abortions in several states across the country, but several of those medical licenses are no longer in effect. He still is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. When asked if he was practicing there, Liveright said, “None of your business.”

BACK STORY HERE

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PP Baltimore Jane Mitchel WDelaware Planned Parenthood staffer RN Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, , who worked at Planned Parenthood Delaware’s Dover and Wilmington clinics for 3-1/2 months in 2012, spoke to Jill Stanek and revealed many troubling aspects of the abortion clinic she walked out of.

Jane claims she sent documentation and letters of complaint about the abortion clinic to Planned Parenthood who ignored them.

Other incidents, excerpted from a letter Jane wrote to her bosses (with slight grammatical editing):

“During a procedure that another doctor was performing, Dr. Liveright entered the room to see how things were proceeding. The doctors had a conversation regarding the faulty equipment in front of the patient…. After the doctors finished their conversation, Dr. Liveright struck the patient’s right lateral thigh with force with his opened hand, stating ‘BREATHE!’ The patient, shocked and puzzled, looked at me as if to say, ‘What is he doing?’ I suggested that Dr. Liveright must have some sort of unusual technique to help distract patients from the discomfort of the procedure. The patient looked at me, rolled her eyes, held my hand tight, and tried to relax and concentrate on her breathing. That is when Dr. Liveright peeks around the curtain (as he had not exited the room) and plays peek-a-boo with the patient. The patient then rolls her eyes and shakes her head stating, ‘He’s not right.’ The entire time this is happening, the other doctor is continuing to dilate the patient! I then stated, ‘Goodbye Dr. Liveright,’ as I pulled the curtain around his head….”

“Sexual harassment: I have noted Dr. Liveright inappropriately look up and down patients as well as staff members in a sexual kind of way. He actually stands back with a grin and slowly directs his eyes up and down a patient’s body.”

Jayne said management told her Liveright had previously been disciplined for sexual harassment against a staff member.

Jayne’s letter also described Liveright as a racist in a bizarre incident with an African-American patient:

Dr. Liveright enters the room… and states… ‘Did you know that the Belgians took over Africa and did really bad things?’…. He continues to carry this conversation on with himself while he roughly dilates and then belittles the patient…. (by the way, a patient that is crying and holding on to my hand tight, as I try to distract her from him)…. He states, ‘The United States does the same thing. Did you know that?’ The patient, with tears falling down her cheeks, shakes her head, indicating, ‘No,’ which Dr. Liveright replies, ‘I didn’t think you’d know anything about that. Yup, the United States is a big bully.’”

Jane is one of two former employees of Planned Parenthood Delaware – both registered nurses – have publicly called for investigations into the operation’s practices.

What I believe should happen is that Planned Parenthood should no longer be self-regulated,” said Joyce Vasikonis, a Dover nurse who also worked at the Wilmington site. Vasikonis was interim surgical services manager when she resigned last August.

Vasikonis describes herself as “radically pro-abortion,” but said she could not continue to work under the conditions she saw.

According to the Washington Post, the two nurses testified at a state Senate hearing about problems at the facility.

“He was a very small part of it,” nurse Joyce Vasikonis said Thursday about Liveright. “The biggest issue for me was sterility. The staff didn’t know how to maintain sterility from beginning to end.”

Vasikonis, who worked at the clinic from October 2011 to August 2012, said Liveright often failed to wear sterile gloves during abortions, but that she never saw any problems with the actual physical procedures themselves.

She also said she never saw Liveright yelling or cursing, but that she did witness an incident of sexual harassment. That incident involved Liveright teasing a young female intern about a cellphone photograph of a pierced penis that he and another male employee were looking at.

Planned Parenthood patients’ lives at risk say former medical employees of the abortion giant

Posted in Planned Parenthood Employee, Planned Parenthood Employee Testifies against them, Planned Parenthood Investigated with tags , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2013 by saynsumthn

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Planned Parenthood of Delaware’s Wilmington clinic performed “meat-market style assembly line” abortions and put patients at risk for infection and other serious medical problems by neglecting proper standards of care, two former clinic nurses told a packed Senate hearing Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, state officials released a list of more than a dozen violations found – and subsequently addressed – during a recent investigation triggered by several emergencies at the Shipley Street clinic, in which patients were transported by ambulance to a hospital.

And the Division of Professional Regulation said it had found evidence of unspecified unprofessional conduct by Dr. Timothy Liveright, until recently the clinic’s primary physician, and that Liveright had voluntarily surrendered his license to practice medicine in the state.

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“Dr. Timothy Liveright surrendered his license during our investigation of his practices at Planned Parenthood,” said James L. Collins, director of the division, which licenses and disciplines doctors.

“He is still subject to discipline for any acts that may have occurred while he held the license,” Collins added.

Liveright – who performed abortions when the testifying nurses worked at the clinic and during the recent emergencies – left his job there in late March, as did the medical services manager. Liveright’s license is listed as “null and void” as of April 24 on the state Division of Professional Regulation’s website.

Efforts to contact Liveright have been unsuccessful.

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The registered nurses who spoke Wednesday resigned their positions last year, and have urged state officials to address problems they said have been ignored or denied for months.
“It was an absolute nightmare,” said Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, who quit after only a few weeks on the job.

Mitchell-Werbrich and her former supervisor, Joyce Vaskonis, told lawmakers they are not opposed to abortion – they are opposed to unsafe medical practices.
“This is not about abortion,” Mitchell-Werbrich said. “”This is about patients. Their lives are at risk.”

Among the claims the nurses made Wednesday:

• Nurses sometimes hid patient charts from the physician to ensure sufficient time for medications to take effect before procedures were done.

• Inadequate staff training. Vasikonis said no procedure manuals were available for staff, and all staff were inadequately trained.

• Abnormal lab results (to include sexually transmitted diseases) were not reported or properly followed up on.

• Sterile procedures often were not followed and surgical suites and recovery rooms were inadequately cleaned between patients.

• Patient complications were not reported.

• RhoGAM – a necessary treatment for abortion patients who have RH-negative blood – often was missed, endangering that patient if she conceived in the future by a father with RH-positive blood.

• Some supplies were beyond expiration dates and some emergency equipment was no longer functional.

• Staff medical credentials were not verified.

• The physician once left medicated patients in the middle of an abortion waiting for hours while he tended to an issue with his private airplane.

Sen. Greg Lavelle, R-Sharpley, who convened the ad hoc hearing with Sen. Robert Venables, D-Laurel, said he was shocked to learn of “horrible patient care,” lack of response to the nurses’ concerns and inadequate state response to their complaints.

A review by the state Division of Public Health, the results of which were released Wednesday, found 14 kinds of violations at the clinic, including inadequate documentation of narcotics, supplies that had exceeded expiration dates, lax practices to ensure sterility, unlabeled bottles of fluid and overdue or uncertain maintenance records.

In a letter dated April 24 – the same day Liveright’s license to practice medicine in the state became null and void – Division Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said the clinic had 10 days to correct the violations, produce evidence that the problems had been addressed and present a plan to prevent those problems from reoccurring.

Planned Parenthood suspended all surgical abortions at its Delaware facilities last month. Last week, it resumed the procedures, Planned Parenthood CEO Ruth Lytle-Barnaby said.

In a letter of response to the state dated May 22, Lytle-Barnaby said policies had been modified, equipment replaced, expired supplies removed and personnel retrained, with more training to come.

Lytle-Barnaby said staff completed an inventory of all supplies and that inventory-control policies and procedures have been changed.

Planned Parenthood officials said they could not address specific allegations made by the former nurses because of privacy laws.

But in a prepared statement, Lytle-Barnaby said the nurses’ allegations are not substantiated by the state report.

“In recent days, the Delaware Division of Public Health has stated that they have concluded their recent survey of our health centers and that we have complied in areas that were noted in their last unannounced visit,” she said. “The findings of the recent survey were immediately rectified. While it is important to adhere to every medical regulation, the Division of Public Health findings do not in any way support the allegations of former employees who are now working with organizations whose mission is to oppose our services.”

Venables said he’s likely to refile legislation that would allow the state to more closely monitor abortion clinics operating in Delaware and establish criminal and civil penalties for violating the proposed law. The bill, which came with a $200,000 annual price tag, failed in a Democratic-controlled Senate committee in 2011. Venables said there has been “too much trust put in Planned Parenthood.”

“I’m not a person that believes in a lot of regulation,” Venables said. “In fact, I don’t like a lot of regulation. But in this case it’s well-needed because it’s proof positive that they don’t regulate themselves.”

Venables said the state provided about $400,000 in funding to Planned Parenthood last year – an allocation lawmakers might want to reconsider in the future.

Recent legislation empowered the Division of Public Health to set standards and enforce safe and sanitary conditions, and Department of Health and Social Services spokeswoman Jill Fredel said the division now has the authority to survey facilities when a patient complains or an “adverse event” occurs. The department also has authority to require accreditation of medical facilities, similar to the accreditation required of Delaware hospitals.

A draft of new regulations for all facilities providing any level of anesthesia and performing invasive procedures is pending but not yet in force.

Planned Parenthood of Delaware has been accredited by the Planned Parenthood Foundation, which both nurses said was too cozy an arrangement.

“My experience has been Planned Parenthood of Delaware feels they are above question or scrutiny as to whether they actually provide adequate care or follow the law,” Vasikonis said.

Ellen Barrosse, national committeewoman for the Delaware Republican Party who founded the anti-abortion campaign known as “A Rose And A Prayer,” was in the audience Wednesday. No one should decide what to do next, she said, until they hear more voices.

“I’d like to see another hearing where we hear from women who received abortions and were abused,” she said. “Until more women come forward and tell their stories, nobody should decide what happens next. There should be an open conversation – as a community.”

Planned Parenthood nurses clinic was a NIGHTMARE – State more than a dozen “unsafe and unsanitary” practices

Posted in Abortion clinic dirty, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Planned Parenthood Employee, Planned Parenthood Employee Testifies against them with tags , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by saynsumthn

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According to Delaware Online: Two former nurses at Planned Parenthood of Delaware told a packed Senate hearing room today the Wilmington clinic performed “meat-market style assembly line” abortions, focused most on profit margins, and put patients at risk for infection and other serious medical problems by neglecting proper standards of care.

Both nurses resigned their positions last year, and have urged state officials to address problems they say have been ignored or denied for months.

“It was an absolute nightmare,” said Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, who resigned after only a few weeks on the job and pushed for state investigations for months.

Mitchell-Werbrich and her former supervisor, Joyce Vaskonis, both told lawmakers they were not opposed to abortion. They were opposed to unsafe medical practices.

“This is not about abortion,” Mitchell-Werbrich said. “This is about patients. Their lives are at risk.”

Sen. Greg Lavelle, R-Sharpley, said he was “shocked” to learn of “horrible patient care,” lack of response to the nurses’ concerns, and the state response to their complaints.

Sen. Robert Venables, who called the ad hoc hearing with Lavelle, said he hoped to resurrect legislation that would regulate the clinics more closely.

Just hours before the hearing, the Delaware Division of Public Health released results of its survey of Planned Parenthood’s Wilmington clinic on Shipley Street. The state cites more than a dozen “unsafe and unsanitary” practices and conditions there.

The review, triggered by emergencies experienced by women having abortions at the facility, found 14 kinds of violations at the clinic – including inadequate documentation of narcotics, supplies that had exceeded expiration dates, lax practices to ensure sterility, unlabeled bottles of fluid, overdue or uncertain maintenance records.

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