Greer’s communication with Steve was such that Steve said to her, “You’re trying to get rid of Anne, aren’t you?” Then the call was interrupted by another call. (I later was told Greer was talking to Lockwood.) Steve says that when Greer came back on, her tone had changed and she announced that I was being sent to Crouse for a psychiatric evaluation.
Greer came to my room and told me. I asked why. She replied, “Because even you admitted that you had a complete meltdown on Saturday.”
I replied, “And today is Wednesday.”
Greer said, “This morning you spoke loudly and used swear words.”
(N.B. The Iroquois maintains an Alzheimer’s unit; I assume they are accustomed to dealing with loud speech and curse words.) When I asked who would decide what happened to me after the psych eval, Greer said that would be up the hospital.
When the ambulance came, Greer announced that they would pack up all my belongings and they would be safe. I proposed that she not do that until after the hospital had made its decision. Clearly, they were trying to get rid of me.
In fact, Greer and Lockwood, working together, manufactured a false story of psychiatric disturbance in order to get me off the Iroquois premises. I believe this to have been in retaliation for me filing an appropriate complaint with the NYS Dept. of Health against Lockwood.
In the Emergency Dept. at Crouse, I was interviewed by both a nurse practitioner and the ER chief. They both concluded that I was fine and there was no justification to bother a psychiatrist to do another unnecessary evaluation. The ER wanted to discharge me back to the Iroquois, which is what I also wanted.
The Iroquois refused to take me.
I am now homeless because the Iroquois staff kept telling me that the Iroquois was my home, and my POA started shutting down my apartment.
I was admitted to the Crouse ED on July 10 and admitted to an inpatient bed on July 11.
The CEO of Crouse and other top administrators as well as Steve and me have been having serious discussions with the administrators of the Iroquois. Steve got a copy of my medical records.
Starting on page 8 is a page-and-a-half note from Lockwood. It is dated 6/28, the day after I was admitted, but it was not posted until 7/1. It is headed “ADMISSION HISTORY AND PHYSICAL.” It is a complete fabrication. Lockwood has described a history that he never took and an examination and lab work that he never did. Most appalling, Lockwood asserts “She is taking Klonopin for anxiety . . .” In fact, I was taking clonidine. The attending physician does not know what he has prescribed for his patient.
Richard Lockwood not only has failed to meet the standards set by the Dept. of Health, but also appears to be engaging in Medicare/Medicaid fraud in that he claims to have provided services which he did not.
Meanwhile, Crouse Hospital is taking good care of me. In addition to the uncontrollable diabetes mellitus, I also have nephrogenic diabetes insipidus with a 24-hour urine of seven liters, stage 3 kidney failure, severe and unstable obstructive sleep apnea, pulmonary fibrosis and a bunch of other stuff. I drink a lot, don’t eat much, sleep a lot, and have increasingly severe chest pains. I am on palliative care. For months, all I have been asking is to be kept comfortable until I die, which Crouse is doing.
Crouse is trying to find an appropriate discharge. I was very happy at the Iroquois with its dining room, friendly patients (and their families), activities, aides, LPNs and nurse managers. I would like very much to go back to the rehab unit there (rehab because I am cognitively competent, as are the rehabbers) but without Richard Lockwood, M.D.
It is not fair for Crouse Hospital to have to absorb the cost of my care. I think you—the IPRO? Medicare? Medicaid? The DOH?—should pay Crouse for housing me pending a safe discharge, then go sue the hell out of the Iroquois and make them pay you back.
Or, better yet, make Lockwood pay.