Staff at Aria Health's Frankford campus violated hospital policy by not checking on Joaquin Rivera before he died in the emergency room in November, a top hospital official said yesterday at a City Council hearing held to probe the school guidance counselor's death.
"The policy was in place but not adhered to," Linde Finsrud Wilson, chief operating officer of Aria Health, said during the three-hour session.
Attorney Thomas Kline, who has been retained by Rivera's family to file a civil lawsuit against Aria Health System, said that Rivera, 63, was a victim of medical negligence.
"There were blatant and flagrant violations of policies and procedures," Kline said after his testimony. "We need to judge Aria on its deeds to date, not its words."