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With 350 lawsuits filed, Florida hospital can’t ignore outcry over orthopedist

Hospitals are responsible for adequately supervising the privileges and credentials they grant physicians who practice in their facilities.

The nurses complained, and so did a handful of doctors. The patients howled. Yet, for years, administrators at a Florida hospital ignored the repeated alarms, critics say.

Now, 350 lawsuits have been filed and 100 more are expected, all asserting that Dr. Richard David Heekin, a seasoned orthopedist, suffered from a progressively debilitating, rare, neurologic condition that significantly impaired his capacity to perform what should have been common, uncomplicated knee and hip replacements, putting patients in harm’s way, NBC News reported.

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With 350 lawsuits filed, hospital now can’t ignore outcry over orthopedist