Former Nurse Sues Allina Health for 'Unnecessary Deaths'

Updated: 06/21/2013 7:37 AM By: Jay Kolls

A former nurse who helped manage the emergency room at United Hospital in St. Paul filed a lawsuit Thursday in Ramsey County District Court. 

Sandra White, in her lawsuit, claims slow care, improper care and reckless attitudes by some emergency room physicians lead to "unnecessary deaths" at United.

White, who has more than 30 years experience in emergency room work throughout hospitals in the Twin Cities, tells KSTP that her experience for 17 months at United "was the worst she has ever seen."

White tells KSTP "there were 8-10 patient deaths that could have been avoided," if emergency room protocol had been followed better at United. White says she tried making changes and raised concerns internally at United, but "nothing ever changed." White says she was wrongfully terminated by United after she started raising some of the same concerns with state officials at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Allina Health Systems, which owns and operates United Hospital, declined our request for an interview. But a spokesperson did issue a statement on Allina's behalf that says, in part, "we absolutely deny these allegations and will vigorously oppose this lawsuit ...and it will be clear that these allegations are without merit."

Click here to watch an extended interview with White and to read the complaint.