Why is this clinic in Cleveland so bad?
A Cleveland Clinic has been placed on a watch list by state health officials after a video emerged of a nurse in the clinic refusing to perform a routine spinal surgery.
The video shows a woman, who was not identified, speaking with an aide at the clinic’s emergency room.
She says she does not have a cardiologist, and she does have a spinal surgeon but he is not an orthopedic surgeon, according to the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
In a statement, Cleveland Clinic said that the hospital “is committed to providing quality care to all of our patients, and the safety of our staff and patients is our top priority.”
It added that “the safety of all our staff is of utmost importance.”
The Office of Health Services also told the Cleveland Clinic in a letter last week that it had issued a “watch list” for the Cleveland-based health system.
The health department said in a statement that it was aware of the situation and “will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
In a video of the incident posted to social media on Tuesday, the woman said that she had been told she could not have the procedure because she did not have “a cardiologist” and that she was “not going to go to a doctor.”
She also said that a nurse asked her to go through a separate hallway and that the clinic staff would check her body for any injuries before she could go in.
The woman was reportedly placed on an involuntary leave of absence.
The OHD letter was signed by Dr. Jeffrey L. Stoddard, a Cleveland Clinic spokesman.
The health department’s letter also said the hospital was “aware of recent complaints from patients” about the clinic.
The state says there were no patients at the Cleveland clinic at the time of the video’s release.
The nurse in question was not named in the letter, and a Cleveland-area health official said she was not on the list.
The official said the nurse was working for the medical unit of the Cleveland Health System and that her actions did not rise to the level of “unacceptable conduct” or “misconduct.”
In the video, the nurse can be heard saying that she has a “cardiologist,” who has “different practices” and does not perform “a surgical procedure.”
She also said she would not perform the surgery because she does “not have a [cardiologist] and that’s fine with me.”
Cleveland Clinic’s spokesperson, Jeff Housh, told Vice News that the nurse’s actions were “completely out of line.”
Housh said that nurses do not have to have a physical examination or even an MRI to be considered an orthodontist.
He added that he does not know why the nurse would be considered “unsafe” and would be put on a “list.”
Hosey says the state needs to hold a special meeting with Cleveland Clinic and the state health department to discuss the incident and other problems the Cleveland facility has experienced in the past year.