The homicide verdict is not an attempt to destroy a hospital or all ERs (as one emailer suggested), but the honest verdict of a jury of 6 that there was a “gross deviation from the standard of care” and that the inaction in this case was “reckless”. By our definitions of manner of death that is “homicide” (again recall that does not mean criminal homicide).
This case and its publicity should prompt system change, locally and nationally. The system failed at Vista East. This 49 y/o did not get the care and treatment she deserved, because the system failed. This is a quality of care issue. The quality of care Ms Vance received was sub-standard (to say the least). I’m not attempting to point fingers or get anyone charged or convicted of homicide (although by our definition this death is a homicide). I want the system (Vista’s and everywhere that it is wanting) and the quality improved. I think there should be outside oversight to ensure their system is changed and, once changed, that it is maintained (this oversight should occur everywhere there are these system, quality problems).
This is a social justice, a greater good issue. No one should have to die like Ms Vance did, feet from life-saving treatment. The quality of medical care must be improved. No more excuses about an overburdened system. Develop systems (quality) to ensure this never happens again.
When I ran for office, I pledged to also investigate “medical misadventures”. Just as our office obviously is there to serve decedents who can no longer serve themselves, just as much we are here to protect the living residents of Lake County and to forestall death when we can1