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