Westmoreland Hospital and two of its former cardiologists encouraged patients to consent to coronary stents that were unnecessary, according to a class-action suit filed Wednesday in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court by Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman.
The lawsuit says the Greensburg hospital's doctors favored stent placement for financial benefit and that administrators failed in its oversight of the physicians and in not informing patients about the procedure's potential dangers.
"They plaintiffs are devastated," according to Attorney Bill Caroselli, "They are wondering what happened to the idea that they put their faith in these physicians and the hospital."
Officials at Westmoreland and its parent facility, Excela Health, recently conducted two independent reviews by nationally recognized interventional cardiologists that concluded the two cardiologists implanted coronary stents in at least 141 patients who may not have needed them.
Caroselli said neither of his plaintiffs experienced medical complications. Both received a letter from Westmoreland's chief medical officer, stating their procedures may have been medically unnecessary, but it did not indicate either patient's level of arterial blockage.