A former Cooper University Health Care nurse has filed a lawsuit in Middlesex County against Cooper, alleging wrongful termination and medical malpractice.
The nurse, Catherine Tanksley-Bowe, Ph.D, was employed by Cooper for only one month in 2016. During the time of her employment, there was an outbreak of drug resistant MRSA in the neonatal intensive care unit. Tanksley-Bowe raised concerns about what she viewed as “insufficient cleaning” of patient rooms, leading to more infections. Eight infants were infected with MRSA and two of those infants died. State officials have said that the cause of death can not be flatly attributed to the MRSA, as intensive care infants are “medically fragile.”
Cooper officials have stated that Tanskley-Bowe is nothing more than a disgruntled employee whose termination had nothing to do with her concerns regarding the MRSA outbreak and that her lawsuit is “shameful” and inaccurate. The NJ Department of Health confirmed with philly.com that they found several deficiencies during an August 2014 inspection but that Cooper has since implemented all necessary changes to prevent future infections. A follow-up inspection on November 4, 2016 showed the hospital to be in full compliance.
“The hospital implemented the correction actions directed by the department,” the state agency said in a statement. “The department determined there was no further risk.”
Tanksley-Bowe is seeking lost wages, punitive damages, and damages for emotional distress.
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