An Open Letter To The President Of Barnes/Jewish St. Peters Missouri

Preface

I wrote this hub not long after Jonda's death.I unpublicized it until I had conferred with attorneys. Well, seems that Obama-care and medical liability laws have made my wife's case one that many attorney's will not touch. It seems we live in a very conservative county and us little people have no chance.

Well, I do have one thing I can personally do; create bad publicity.

Never, ever take your loved ones to Barnes/Jewish hospital in St. Peters, Missouri. It is my understanding that their rates of staph infection is much higher than other hospitals.

This is my letter to the President of that hospital. I pray it goes to the top of Google and other search engines, so that other good, honest people don't enter your factory of death.

Please also read the finale after the letter and what attorneys have told me.

A Sad Christmas

Many of you know that my wife passed away in November of 2010. It is my opinion that it really wasn't her time, but this hospital and it's staff helped push it to be her time.

Just two days before Christmas I received a condolence card from the guy pictured at the right. His name is John Antes, and he is the President of Barnes/Jewish hospital in St. Peters, Missouri.

Why it would take a month to get a condolence card out just tells me that this hospital is just a bit incompetent.

It took a lot for me not to drive to that hospital and walk into this guy's office and shove this card straight up his @$$.

I have not told many people what happened that evening, but now I will.

This is an open letter to this man and to the staff that work for him. I do it because I wish that no one ever would have to go through what my wife or I did.

Jonda suffers no more and is with Jesus, but that doesn't mean I will be apathetic down here and not speak my mind. Hopefully what this hospital did is not a sign of the coming times and part of the whole Obama-care situation. My wife was on disability keep in mind. No, we didn't have life insurance either.

This is my letter back to the President of Barnes/Jewish St Peters better known as BJC healthcare.

The Letter

To: John Antes-President of Barnes/Jewish Hospital, St. Peters, Missouri

From: Greg Boudonck-Husband of Jonda Boudonck who died in your hospital



I will not make this like a usual letter and put “Dear John” in here or anything of that sort. It has taken me a bit to write this letter as I had to have a straight head to do it.


First sir, I must thank you for the nice condolence card you sent me. It was so nice to receive that two days before Christmas, only 1 month after my wife died in your I.C.U.


Let me tell you sir, that it is amazing that I didn't take that card and drive the several miles down to your hospital and shove that card straight down your throat. After all, I do believe that if my wife would have never been admitted to your hospital, she would be alive today at 49 years old. Let me explain why I feel this way.


My wife was transported from Progress West, where they took good care of her, to your hospital. Soon after having a tube put in to drain fluid from around a lung, Jonda developed staph infection. It didn't surprise me when I noticed health care workers in your establishment are very unorganized and actually threw her heating pad on the ground when they wheeled her out for tests, and then used the same heating pad to put on her back that had the tube in it. Did any of my grievances on this reach management?


Ok, I know staph happens a lot in hospitals, lets discuss the night Jonda died.


It is tough times here in the Boudonck household and I had to work to pay bills. I was just doing that, working,when I received a call from one of your staff that Jonda's blood pressure had dropped and they moved her to I.C.U. I asked if it was from the haywire morphine pump they had her on and never received an answer. That pump was always going off for this or that all the time.


When I arrived at I.C.U. My wife was like a zombie. She was in the bed cockeyed and could barely speak. We sign languaged I love you to each other and a little tiny nurse came in and said she needed to move Jonda. She was gonna try this herself and when she was having problems and looked at me with the “what do I do look” I decided to help. This is when Jonda had a seizure; never has she had a seizure. All hell broke loose. I was shoved to the hallway and watched as a multitude of nurses and 1 woman doctor acted confused and it looked like a convention of idiots to put it bluntly. At 1 point one of the nurses asked me if Jonda was my Mom. How stupid was she?


When the Doctor told me my wife was gone, I broke. I then had another nurse tell me to shut up. Yep, she told me to shut up.


I walked out of your hospital at 1:30-2 in the morning. No one offered assistance, no one cared. I drove home like I was drunk. Now comes even more horrendous crap your hospital pulled.


The phone rang at around 3 am. A woman from your hospital told me they needed the body out ASAP. What a thing for a husband to deal with after watching what I saw. They told me they had no way of keeping her body.



A good friend of mine did the calling and we ended up having Pittman funeral home pick her up and they embalmed her immediately. If I would have been in my right mind, I would have just had the Lebanon, Mo funeral home pick her up, now I have an extra cost and we may have to file bankruptcy over all of this. I wonder since the hospital recommended the funeral home, is there a kickback?


My friend did some checking. He has one lady at your hospital (all recorded) saying you don't have a morgue and no way of keeping a body for a few more hours. He also has an email from another staff at your hospital saying you do. So someone is lying.


Why did your staff want my wife's body gone so quick?


Why a month later do I suddenly get a condolence card from you?


Is this a big cover-up? Did your hospital kill my wife before her time?


I am making this letter public because I don't want anyone to enter your business without awareness to what you did to us.


I wouldn't wish what happened here on anyone, even the nurse who told me to shut up.


I hope and pray your hospital will learn and change from this.


Signed;

Greg L. Boudonck


Finale

I have spoke with attorney after attorney. Problem is, caps on medical liability. It costs so much to fight them that lawyers feel it just isn't worth it. Now our lawmakers want to cap it even further. This is all of lower medical costs. Who really wants lower medical costs if the medical center you visit really is doing nothing for you?

Call and write your Congressmen and women. Call and write your Senators. Limiting medical liability can never be the answer. All that will create are many health care workers who are reckless and will have no retributions for mistakes. This all cost me a lot of money; as a matter of fact, I will probably have to file bankruptcy.Lets find a different way to lower those costs!

© 2010 Greg Boudonck

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. Something went very wrong that night and I think you need help getting to the bottom of things. My prayers are with you.


Wehzo 5 years ago

I am very sorry to hear about your wife Froggy213. No one should have had to go through what you did. My prayers are with you.

God Bless You,


kay 5 years ago

Sorry for your loss, I have read a few of your hubs and it seems like tragedy sure hits your family hard. Was an altopsy done on your wife?


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Froggy213 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

No Kay, and that is another reason I am questioning. Why was the hospital wanting her gone and embalmed so quick?

I pray that someone--one of the nurses or Doctors will have enough morals to be honest.


justalittlebean 5 years ago

froggy, when my Mother died she was taken to the funeral home and embalmed immediately. I know this because she had her funeral prepaid but the funeral home called me within a half hour of Mom's passing and got my permission to embalm her. When my Father died in the hospital, he was taken immediately to a funeral home and embalmed.


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Froggy213 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

They rushed me into a decision that ultimately cost me a lot more money and put a lot of unneeded stress on our family. Even though you may think your situation was the same, it wasn't.

It has been determined that this hospital's staff mishandled many things with Jonda and they should be liable.

How old were your Mom and Dad?

Jonda was 49 and it is my opinion, and many others, that it was not her time yet in medical standards.

Fact is: when one of my family members is wronged, I will not lay down and take it. If you feel yours were wronged, you should maybe battle, but please don't try to be a "defense" for those who wronged my wife.


MV 4 years ago

I stumbled across your open letter quite by accident. There's not a thing I can do for you, except to express that I'm in your camp. I've seen this kind of incompetence and subsequent preoccupation with "damage control" more than once. I've come to the decision over the years that, researchers possibly excepted, health care people including doctors lack critical analytical skills. They're memorizers but they cannot reason that if they toss objects on the floor that will later come in contact with a person whose defenses are low, they may cause something far more serious. They cannot look at an ankle and see that it's a cantilever. They cannot recognize that fevers are there for a purpose. They're not bright--that goes for most assistants and actually most doctors too, regardless of seniority. This inability leads to general point-to-point thinking rather than organized thought, and the resulting disorganization creates serious health risk for many patients, including your wife. Mostly, they lack humility--they fail to show due respect for natural processes, and they fail to "feel" for each and every organic object (the rest of us call them people) that comes through their little fifedom.

I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost both a sister and a parent through similar incompetence and absence of humility (it was before anyone had heard of Obama so I personally don't bother to blame politicians).

All we can do is honor those we lost by living with dignity and compassion ourselves. And of course we can stay out of the fifedoms of the inept; just because those buildings exist doesn't mean we have to enter them.

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