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Naples Community Health is fighting to keep its Medicare provider status after a state investigation finds conditions there posed a threat to patients.
The Agency for Healthcare Administration launched its investigation after the death of 80-year-old Paul Anderson.
The Marco Island man died after waiting more than an hour to be taken by ambulance from one NCH facility to another.
AHCA's findings total more than 30 pages and highlight some major deficiencies. While most of the extreme issues have been fixed, more inspections are coming.
Paul Anderson was a family man, who loved spending time on the water with his grandson, David. On October 2, the 80-year-old felt dizzy, and went to NCH-owned Marco Island Urgent Care for help.
"You just wouldn't think something like that would happen," David Anderson told NBC2.
Anderson waited more than an hour to be taken to the hospital. The paramedic running the NCH ambulance showed up 20 minutes late to work, and EMS engines were called off by NCH's transport director.
We now know in addition to those delays, hospital staff in charge that morning violated state statute by not transferring Anderson to the closest hospital. AHCA's investigative report states "the physician did request the patient be transferred to Physician Regional Hospital" on Collier Boulevard, but staff were not aware of the statute, and hospital policy, which required them to do so.
Instead, they took Anderson six miles further away to NCH in downtown Naples, where he later died.
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