News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

September 18, 2013

State report details Valley hospital errors

St. Vincent Clay, Union, Regional report only 4 incidents

TERRE HAUTE — One Wabash Valley hospital reported a patient fall resulting in death or serious disability, while two other hospitals had incidents involving pressure ulcers, according to the state’s 2012 Medical Errors report.

St. Vincent Clay Hospital reported one incident involving death or serious disability associated with a fall.

Union Hospital reported two incidents of stage three or four pressure ulcers acquired after admission, while Terre Haute Regional Hospital reported one incident of the same nature, according to the report, released Monday by the Indiana Department of Health.

Statewide, 100 incidents were reported in 2012, the same number as in 2011. The most reported incidents in 2012 were:

n 30 stage three or four pressure ulcers acquired after admission to the hospital. That represents a decrease from 2011, when the number of incidents was 41.

n 19 incidents of a foreign object retained in a patient after surgery.

n 15 surgeries performed on the wrong body part.

n 14 falls resulting in a death or serious disability.

Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, have been the most-reported incident six of the seven years the report has been compiled, including 2012, and average about 30 incidents a year.

“Medical errors are serious and preventable,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess II, M.D., in a news release. “I hope this report serves as a call to action to health care providers around the state to be even more vigilant in their attention to detail when caring for patients.”

When contacted, St. Vincent Clay Hospital issued the following statement: “We take medical errors seriously, and one error is too many. When one patient is harmed we are all deeply affected at our health ministry. We continue to provide extensive education and training for associates and physicians to identify and prevent patients who are at high risk for falling.

“In addition, we have invested in equipment that notifies clinical staff when a patient leaves their bed, which allows us to immediately be able to respond and address the patient’s needs. It is our priority to keep patients safe in our facility while providing high quality care.”

In 2012, St. Vincent Clay had 810 inpatient discharges, 20,040 outpatient visits and 2,046 procedures.

Union Hospital reported two incidents involving Stage three or four pressure ulcers after admission.

“We’ve really focused a lot of attention and put a lot of resources into this one area,” said Dr. John Bolinger, Union’s chief medical officer.

Amy Allen, med-surg outcomes specialist, said the hospital has undertaken “a mass amount of education” with nursing staff and patient care assistants to identify pressure ulcers and their stages.

Nursing staff “really need to understand what they are looking at and they need to be able to document that well,” Allen said.

In the admission process, the nurse must document that a pressure ulcer exists so that information is available to the physician the first time the physician sees the patient.

The physician then can work with nursing staff on treatment.

If the physician does not sign a form within 24 hours acknowledging the pressure ulcer existed at admission, “It can end up being a reportable event even though it was present on admission,” Bolinger said.

Union has a wound nurse and wound care center.

Pressure ulcers “are a really difficult problem for patients and hospitals because they can be extremely slow to heal due to lack of circulation, lack of nourishment” and possible infection, Bolinger said.

The main treatment in a hospital “is to try to get the pressure off these so you aren’t lying on that area,” he said. “If the patient is lying on it, that impedes circulation even more.”

He noted that Union has many patients who are very ill when they enter, which means they may stay in the hospital longer and may have multiple problems with multiple organ systems. “That predisposes them” to the potential for pressure ulcers, he said.

In 2012, Union had 16,901 inpatient discharges, 74,297 outpatient visits and 29,636 procedures.

At Terre Haute Regional Hospital, Marsha Ciolli, vice president of quality and risk management, noted, “It was our first reportable event since 2008.” The hospital is proud of that record of no incidents for several years, she said.

“We take patient safety and care very seriously. We have many processes in place to ensure our patients remain safe and are well taken care of,” she said. When a patient is admitted, “We do a complete head to toe assessment” looking at skin integrity.

Regional also has a wound care nurse dedicated to seeing all patients who have any kind of skin breakdown, she said.

Ciolli notes that sometimes a pressure ulcer isn’t because of an error. “A patient may be end-of-life and their body cannot support the healing of a skin breakdown. It continues to break down without fault of anyone,”  she said.

She believes this type of incident is different from an error in which surgery is performed on a wrong body part or a foreign object is left in a patient after surgery.

In 2012, Regional had 6,382 inpatient discharges, 29,446 outpatient visits and 12,887 procedures.

The annual report is based on the National Quality Forum’s 28 Serious Adverse Events. A total of 289 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, abortion clinics and birthing centers were surveyed.

In 2006, Indiana became the second state to adopt the National Quality Forum’s reporting standards.

The 2012 Medical Errors Report can be found on the Indiana State Department of Health website at


Sue Loughlin can be reached at 812-231-4235 or

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
  • 071014 meth lab items.jpg Police bust meth lab in Terre Haute

    Police busted a clandestine methamphetamine lab today in the 2200 block of Fourth Avenue in Terre Haute.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • UPDATE: Ethics panel approves $5K fine against Bennett

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s State Ethics Commission has approved a $5,000 fine against former state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources in his 2012 campaign.

    July 10, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: July 10, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Wednesday and Thursday, based on jail records.

    July 10, 2014

  • Group: 5,000 same-sex marriages in Illinois

    A survey indicates thousands of same-sex couples are marrying in Illinois.

    July 10, 2014

  • Study: Hunting restores forests in state parks

    A study by a Purdue University research team has found that regulated deer hunts in Indiana state parks have helped restore forests damaged by too many white-tailed deer.

    July 10, 2014

  • MET070914 house exterior.jpg Historic Ohio Boulevard house inspired by 1948 Cary Grant movie

    Spurred in 1948 by a newly released movie staring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy, coupled with a growing post-World War II housing market, General Electric partnered with Hollywood’s RKO Studios to build “dream homes” throughout the country.

    July 9, 2014 4 Photos 1 Story

  • Detour ahead

    A panel of public and private officials is calling for $10 billion in projects to upgrade Indiana’s aging roads and bridges, but its members concede there’s no money to pay for it all.

    July 9, 2014

  • MET070814 barrels.jpg MARK BENNETT: Making road work a barrel of fun for drivers

    We’re lucky orange barrels can’t talk.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • City Council to take up city finances tonight

    The Terre Haute City Council will have a chance in a special meeting tonight to delve deeply into the city’s financial health. However, council members are being asked to avoid raising the most controversial subject of recent weeks: The city’s use of Redevelopment Commission tax increment finance (TIF) money.

    July 9, 2014

  • Bennett accepts $5,000 fine in ethics settlement

    Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett has agreed to pay $5,000 as part of a settlement with Indiana’s ethics watchdog in which he admits to using state resources for campaign work but is cleared of formal ethics violations in the grade-change scandal that cost him his job as Florida’s schools chief last year.

    July 9, 2014

  • Vermillion Jail trusties face new charges

    Two former inmate trusties at the Vermillion County Jail face new criminal charges after a recently discovered security breach at the jail.

    July 9, 2014

  • Lawrence police acquire armored military vehicle

    A central Indiana city has acquired an armored military vehicle for use in highly dangerous situations.

    July 9, 2014

  • Free carwash for law enforcement

    Mike’s Carwash locations in Central Indiana, including Terre Haute, will honor the sacrifice of IMPD Officer Perry Renn and thank all those who serve and protect our communities with a free carwash for police and emergency personnel today and Friday.

    July 9, 2014

  • Indiana agencies told to ignore gay marriages

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s office is telling state agencies act as if no gay marriages had been performed during three days following a federal court order.

    July 9, 2014

  • State reports West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes

    INDIANAPOLIS — State health officials confirmed the first signs of West Nile virus activity in Indiana for 2014. Mosquitoes in Marshall and Pike counties have tested positive for West Nile virus. There have been no reported cases of West Nile virus in humans in the state this year.

    July 9, 2014

  • Indiana education board faces contentious meeting

    Indiana’s State Board of Education is gearing up for another showdown between Democratic schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s appointees and staff.
    The board is set to consider a pair of resolutions dealing with control of the board during a meeting Wednesday.

    July 9, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: July 9, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Tuesday and Wednesday, based on jail records.

    July 9, 2014

  • Indiana getting $849,000 for outdoor projects

    Indiana is receiving $849,000 to use toward outdoor recreation and conservation projects.

    July 9, 2014

  • Semi fire halts I-70 traffic in Putnam County

    A fire in a semi tractor-trailer temporarily closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Putnam County on Tuesday evening.

    July 9, 2014

  • I&M proposes five solar facilities in two states

    Indiana Michigan Power plans to seek permission to build five solar generating facilities in the two states it serves.

    July 9, 2014

  • MET070814 voice four.jpg Hitting a high note

    A 17-year-old from Casey, Ill., won “The Voice of the Valley” Tuesday night, singing and shaking his hips and legs to an Elvis Presley song, then wooing the grandstand audience at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds with a country tune.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • MET 070814 STORM STAUNTON.jpg Clay County residents clean up debris, get power back

    Several power outages still affected hundreds of Duke Energy customers on Tuesday, more than 24 hours after storms and strong winds swept through west-central Indiana, leaving a swath of damage in the Staunton, Brazil and Center Point areas.

    July 9, 2014 4 Photos

  • MET 052106 EVANBAYH ADDRESS.jpg Return to Indiana?

    Evan Bayh is keeping Indiana Democrats on hold.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Planning under way for 2014 Downtown Block Party

    Wabash Avenue will be full of activity Aug. 23 as the 2014 Downtown Terre Haute Block Party takes over five city blocks in a celebration of music, food and events.

    July 8, 2014

  • MET 070814 CATHOLIC WARE.jpg Guys give food bank a lift

    A $14,000 donation Tuesday from Guys Who Give enables Catholic Charities to be at nearly 75 percent of its $2.5 million goal to purchase and operate a new, larger food bank near Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field.

    July 8, 2014 2 Photos

  • wilson,robert.jpg ‘Dangerous’ suspect in police custody

    A man sought by the Vermillion County Sheriff's Department has been nabbed by police in Indianapolis.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • eBus brings financial empowerment to town

    A 40-foot long mobile classroom is scheduled to roll  into Terre Haute today, carrying what its sponsors call “financial empowerment.”

    July 8, 2014

  • Elderly woman accused of killing 89-year-old husband

    An 83-year-old woman, described as "a loose cannon" by her landlord, has been arrested in this Buffalo suburb for beating her 89-year-old husband to death.

    July 8, 2014

  • wilson,robert.jpg BREAKING: ‘Dangerous’ suspect in police custody

    A suspect police considered “armed and dangerous” is now in custody in Marion County.
    Robert Wilson is facing local charges there and has a hold on him for Vermillion County, according to Vermillion County Sheriff Robert J. Spence.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • 051713 BAYH SMILE.jpg Former governor Bayh weighs decision to run again

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Evan Bayh is keeping Indiana Democrats on hold.
    Party loyalists longing for a political savior to retake the governor's office have been waiting on Bayh ever since he abruptly decided to leave the U.S. Senate and political life three years ago.

    July 8, 2014 3 Photos

Latest News Poll
AP Video
World's Tallest Water Slide: See It for Yourself Kim Kardashian Hits Up Valentino Show in Paris Four Kids, Two Adults Shot Dead Near Houston Connecticut Boy Dies Inside Parked Car Police: Prostitute Accused in Overdose Death Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats Argentina to Face Germany in World Cup Final Service Held for 200 Whose Bodies Went Unclaimed Israeli Offensive Escalates in Gaza Attack Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup' APNewsBreak: Different Attackers in Benghazi? Raw: Obama Shoots Pool in Denver "Hotwives" Spoofs Reality TV Raw: 10-year Sentence for Ex-New Orleans Mayor Raw: Rocket Explodes Over Israeli Wedding Obama Talks Economy, Slams Republicans Dodgers Found Partly Responsible in Fan Beating Weaver Reprises Ripley Role for 'Alien' Game Dozens Gain Citizenship As Debate Continues Froome Crashes Out on Bumpy 5th Tour Stage
NDN Video
Tiny Hamsters Who Ate Burritos are Back for a Tiny Hedgehog's Party Watch Kelly Ripa Get Soaked! 'Referee' Hands Out Yellow Cards for Social Faux Pas in NYC 2014 Emmy Nominees: 8 Snub Shockers Emma Watson Is Va-Va-Voom in Valentino 7 Infamous Sports Blowouts Argentina tops Holland in World Cup semifinals News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash Emmy Nominations: What to Watch For 'Game of Thrones' Leads 66th Emmy Awards Nominations Photographic 'Proof' That LeBron Is Leaving Miami - @TheBuzzeronFOX Elephant Pool Party at The Oregon Zoo Must-See! Berry and Fallon Form Human Hamster Wheel Pilot buys pizzas for travelers delayed by storm Klose nets record, Germany rout Brazil 7-1 'Purrmanently Sad Cat' Looks Adorably Sad All the Time Pharrell 'humbled' by success of mega-hit 'Happy' Day After: Brazil Reeling in WC Loss Jennifer Lawrence Facepalms Emma Watson Athletes Bare All for ESPN Magazine's Body Issue

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010