Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
A Chevrolet pickup truck was headed west on U.S. 98 about 10:30 a.m. Monday morning when they approached the intersection with Citrus Way. At the same time, a box truck traveling south on Citrus Way was also approaching the intersection, which has a stop sign and flashing red light for north-south traffic. According to eyewitness accounts, the Chevy pickup began traveling through the intersection, and the approaching southbound semi-truck did not stop for the light or traffic signs. The semi essentially ran the pickup truck over, and it immediately burst into flames.
Two years ago, the chief ethics officer of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the biggest hospital chain in the U.S., received a letter written by a nurse at one of the corporation’s hospitals in Fort Pierce, Fla. The troubling nature of the letter prompted an interview with the nurse, who said that one of the doctors at the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center had been performing unnecessary heart procedures on patients. A subsequent HCA internal investigation found that the nurse was right; one of the cardiologists had been putting patients’ lives at risk by performing unneeded surgeries.