By Beth Germano

STOWE (CBS) – A Stowe family is outraged that their father was “kicked out” of the hospital and made to wait in a lobby dressed only in a hospital gown to wait for a ride home.

Eighty-year-old Allen Ramsland says that’s what happened to him after a 24 hour stay at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to receive a stent following a heart attack.

“You gotta go, get dressed and go down the hall,” Ramsland says a nurse abruptly told him. He had no clothes because he had been transferred from another hospital, and family members were expecting him to be released much later in the day.

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Allen Ramsland (WBZ-TV)

Ramsland wrapped himself in a couple of johnnies and his family says he was left in the lobby alone and confused until his daughter Sharlet, who lives an hour away, finally arrived. “Someone should have been with him, a nurse or anybody to watch over him. He can’t walk, he’s not mobile,” said Sharlet Ramsland.

The family says his discharge papers were never signed, and the hospital didn’t notify the family about his release as required by the CARE act, it was a panicked phone call from Allen. His daughter Libby, a nurse herself, calls the experience demeaning and unsafe. “What happened was bad enough, with the medications he’s on if he had fallen it could have been deadly,” Libby said.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston (WBZ-TV)

The family is speaking out so it doesn’t happy to another patient. “I think if you’re 80 or 25 you don’t want to sit in a lobby in a johnnie waiting for a ride. I think it was poor judgement,” said Sharlet Ramsland.

The hospital released a statement:

“Federal and state privacy requirements prevent us from commenting on individual patients. We are deeply committed to providing the highest quality care and treating our patients with dignity and respect. We have a robust Patient Relations program in place, and we continuously recommit ourselves to delivering the highest quality care for our patients and their families. When concerns are raised, we do a full review and work to identify opportunities to enhance the patient experience.”

Comments (6)
  1. IN PLAIN SIGHT, THE BI ON LIFE SUPPORT HEADING FOR HELL!
    A ONCE GREAT BEACON OF MEDICAL HOPE IS NEARING THE END OF IT’S USEFUL LIFE ON ACCOUNT OF ‘LEADERLESS’ LEADERS……FROM THE INCIDENT WITH DR ALBERT DECADES AGO, TO THIS DAY THE MISSION HAS BEEN TRASHED AND THE CONSEQUENCES, FATAL…….THE MISTREATMENT HERE IS THE CLARION CRY THAT ONLY ONLY SALVATION IS MASS RESIGNATION WITH THE HOPE THAT NEW BRAINS WILL TAKE THE PLACE OF THESE HORRID RELICS WITH NO PASSION FOR THE DREAMS OF THE FOUNDERS…..NOW REPLACED BY THOSE AT THE BOTTOM OF HEALTH CARE PASSION….THE MISSION FORGOTTEN AS EACH FATAL FLAW BRINGS THE END OF THE INSTITUTION THAT ONCE SERVED OUR COMMUNITY AND NOW BUT A MEMORY!

  2. I am surprised and deeply disappointed in how irresponsible this news broadcast is. This story is completely unsubstantiated and these details are false. Beth Israel provides nothing but exceptional, high level nursing care.

    1. SIGN YOUR NAME AND POSITION ……DISGRACE HAVING FUNDED BI BUILDINGS WITH SHAPIRO MONEY MOSTLY GATHERED BY SHAPIRO FROM MADOFF FRAUD! SHAME

  3. BY ADMISSION THE BI HAS STATED THEIR OP ROOMS ARE NOT …REPEAT…. NOT STATE OF THE ART AND THEIR PATIENT ROOMS ARE A CLEAR DANGER TO SPREADING INFECTIONS. TRASHING DR PAUL CHURCH WHOSE WARNINGS HAVE BECOME REAL TO MY OWN PERSONAL WITNESS TO DISGRACE TO MY ATTORNEY COLLEAGUE OF 50 YEARS HAVING TOLD ME OFF MISTREATMENT AT BI BEFORE HE DIED ARE CLEAR CLARION CALLS THE BI HAS GONE BEYOND THE PALE TO ROAD OF EXTINCTION…..A DISGRACE NOW KNOWN WORLDWIDE! TRAGEDY AND SHAME! unproofed

  4. Bob Babineau says:

    Not surprising. Patients are revenue, they are not human. Total lack of leadership at BIDMC. Numerous layoffs, C level executives that do not ever show up at work (I.E a certain CIO that works a farm and openly blogs about how hard he works at the farm) What was once a great healthcare institution has fallen into disrepair and failure.

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