[Oct. 5, 2015] RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Healthcare workers are seeking a new state public health investigation after maggots were found on another patient’s body at Parkview Community Hospital, the second such incident reported there in a little more than a year.
“This is another sign of management’s continued failure at Parkview Community Hospital to safely care for patients and address workers’ safety concerns” said Tracy Clark, a respiratory therapist at Parkview Community Hospital. “The buck should stop with the CEO, but he and other administrators have been unresponsive, even denying the problem existed until a state investigator substantiated the previous incident. The first step for management is to admit they have a problem.”
In a letter to the California Department of Public Health, healthcare workers reported discovering maggots in a Parkview patient’s groin area on Aug. 13, 2015. The incident was reported the same day to administrators at Parkview Community Hospital and documented in the patient’s medical records. The patient reportedly had been receiving care for a couple of weeks at the facility at the time the infestation was discovered.
In June 2015, healthcare workers notified state health officials after 50 maggots were observed in a Parkview patient’s mouth and nose, a report confirmed by the state public health agency in July 2015. In addition, employees at the hospital reported in April 2015 that maggots were found floating in the lentil soup being served in the hospital cafeteria.
The maggots are part of a pattern of patient care violations and complaints at Parkview Community Hospital:
- In 2015, Riverside County reported that Parkview Hospital had the second-slowest response time in the county treating patients who arrived by ambulance, forcing patients to wait 75 minutes on average from after the ambulance arrived at the hospital;
- Since 2013, the hospital reported leaving a medical instrument or object in a patient after performing surgery three separate times; and
- Since 2010, the hospital has reported 16 patients developed bed sores while in the facility.
“That’s why workers voted to join a union,” Clark said, “so that we could address patient and worker safety issues; but Parkview refuses to negotiate with us.”
SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), a statewide union of healthcare workers, is in a labor dispute with Parkview Community Hospital. More than 500 Parkview Community Hospital workers voted in March 2014 to join SEIU-UHW; however, management at the hospital has refused to recognize the union, and the union has filed multiple unfair labor practice charges against the hospital. Workers would like to establish a labor-management committee, which would address workplace safety and patient care issues, but that is impossible until management follows the law and recognizes the union.
Founded in 1958, Parkview Community Hospital is a non-profit facility with 193 beds.