VA Medical Center Police shoot and kill vet, 68, at Bay Pines VA Medical Center | Tampa Bay Times

Police shoot and kill vet, 68, at Bay Pines VA Medical Center | Tampa Bay Times.

Police shot and killed a man at Bay Pines VA Medical Center on Friday evening after he came into the facility, said he had a bomb and lunged at officers with a knife, federal officials said.

The man, who officials said was a 68-year-old veteran, came into a lobby about 5 p.m. and told someone he had a bomb, said FBI spokesman Dave Couvertier.

When officers with the Bay Pines VA Police Department arrived, the man brandished a knife and threatened the officers, Couvertier said. “He lunged and the officers took action,” he said.

The man, whose name wasn’t released Friday night, was treated in the emergency center but later died.

Officers noticed that the man had a backpack and when they looked inside, they saw a PVC pipe that looked like a bomb.

Bay Pines officials evacuated parts of the first floor of the center while bomb experts inspected the pipe. They determined it was a “hoax device,” Couvertier said.

Law enforcement officers searched the facility for other devices but didn’t find any. Investigators believe the incident is isolated but remained unsure of the man’s motives late Friday. His next of kin had not yet been notified of his death.

Officials with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, St. Petersburg Police Department, the Tampa Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on scene Friday night. The investigation will be led by the FBI…

James Haley VA Admits That Veteran Dies as a Result of Not Getting Proper Care

TampavaHVH-logoOfficials at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines acknowledged Tuesday that a 44-year-old veteran who died after cardiac surgery last September was misdiagnosed and did not receive proper care.

Herbert C. Fuchs of Seminole died Sept. 3 at Bay Pines in St. Petersburg, where he was taken to recover after surgery at James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa.

“When an apology is due it should be given, and it was given to the family in this case,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kuch, Bay Pines’ chief of staff. “It is too late for Mr. Fuchs, but we have made changes so it won’t happen again.”

via Veteran did not get proper care.

Jan 13, 1999

Tampa VA doctor arrested and charged in Bay County with perjury for his trial testimony |


This says an awful lot about the quality of the researchers that VA working for them when one the Director of one of the VA’s research facilities is charged with perjury in connection with his testimony at trial.


 Tampa VA Researcher Arrested for Perjury

Florida doctor arrested and charged in Bay County |

Lloyd turned himself in to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, February 23, 2013, on a warrant issued by the BCSO on a charge of Perjury. Lloyd was an expert witness in the recent Foxworth Aggravated Child Abuse trial

John Lloyd Tampa VA researcher charged with perjury-more of the sam from Jame Haley VA

John Lloyd Tampa VA researcher charged with perjury

John Lloyd’s CV showing his connection to the James Haley VA and numerous VA research projects

VA Ortho Surgeon from James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital Arrested for DUI

Video including VA surgeon Driving Drunk

Mary Ann Gardner, MD, a 49-year-old orthopedic surgeon at the James A. Haley

Veterans Administration Hospital in Tampa, Fla., was arrested for driving under the influence early Monday morning, police said.

A local couple shot this video of Dr. Gardner driving her black Toyota FJ cruiser erratically on a Tampa highway.

A breathalyzer estimated Dr. Gardner’s blood alcohol content to be twice the legal limit. Florida’s legal limit for blood alcohol content is .08.

Dr. Garnder was released after posting $500 bond. Calls for comment to the VA hospital were not returned.

Dr. Gardner is a 1985 graduate of Brown University. She attended medical school at UCLA, obtaining her MD in 1989. Following a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, she performed a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at Vanderbilt University.

via Florida Orthopod Arrested for DUI.

Government settles suit over wrongful death at VA’s Haley | Tampa Bay Times

Government settles suit over wrongful death at VA’s Haley | Tampa Bay Times.

TAMPA — Pancreatitis did not kill Hugh Morris. Nor did nausea, vomiting or the bacterial infection that put him in the hospital. What killed Morris was too much medicine: a dose 60 times larger than what the doctor prescribed.

This fact is undisputed. Dr. Edward Cutolo Jr., then the acting chief of staff at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, admitted as much in a letter dated July 6, 2006, about two months after Morris died.

“Although Mr. Morris was gravely ill,” he wrote, “we feel the incorrect dosage was responsible for his death.”

The federal government filed court documents Friday stating it had settled a wrongful-death suit with Morris’ widow, Elizabeth. Neither side would say how much money changed hands.

“I will say it was not a lot of money,” Elizabeth Morris said Monday in her living room, as the smell of baked steak with brown gravy floated in from the kitchen. This was one of her husband’s favorite dinners. They were married 62 years.

Mr. Morris was 84 when he died. He was a Navy electrician, a jeweler and a deacon in the Baptist church. He rose at 6 to read the King James Bible. He grew blueberries and walked several miles a day. His health was good until 2004, when he had gallbladder surgery at the Tampa VA hospital. According to a claim filed by his wife, he developed abscesses and chronic pancreatitis because of the surgery, and had several stents inserted and replaced.

On May 17, 2006, he went to the same hospital’s emergency room because of an apparent infection related to his stent. A doctor prescribed the antibiotic Clindamycin — a 300-milligram dose.

Morris received 18 grams of Clindamycin. He died within minutes. His wife was not at his side. Neither was his son. They had left, at the suggestion of the medical staff, with instructions to return in the morning….

Navy veteran’s family says VA kept mum about heart laceration | Tampa Bay Times

Navy veteran’s family says VA kept mum about heart laceration | Tampa Bay Times.

Navy veteran Bert Zellers went into heart bypass surgery in 2006 at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center a vibrant man who enjoyed the piano and entertaining friends at home.

He left four months later near death from what his family said was a hideous mistake during surgery — doctors lacerated his heart.

It’s a mistake the VA, which denies wrongdoing, tried to hide, never informing them of what happened in the operating room, the family said.

So began Zellers’ journey into what some consider the abyss of the Department of Veterans Affairs administrative tort claims procedure. It’s designed to avert litigation, but critics say the VA too often refuses to either investigate or settle legitimate claims or doesn’t respond at all.

And that can force infirm and elderly veterans into stressful litigation.

Zellers, 81, of St. Petersburg saw his first tort claim summarily denied by the VA, which said its doctors did nothing improper. His attorney filed a request for reconsideration, hoping to get VA headquarters in Washington to reverse the decision by VA officials in Florida.

That was May 2008. Zellers still awaits a response.

Zellers is free to sue if his claim is denied or after six months without a response. But Archuleta said that is often impossible because veterans are so ill, they wouldn’t survive litigation.

Given the expense of litigation, the family said, a lawsuit is unlikely.

Carolyn Clark, a spokeswoman at Haley, said the hospital — one of the busiest veterans hospitals in the nation — could not talk about any aspect of Zellers’ treatment or tort claim.

A VA spokesman in Washington did not return calls to speak about national policy on tort claims.

Jerry Manar, who worked for the VA for 30 years until 2004 and spent time at an adjudication office that handled tort claims, acknowledged the VA does not always respond.

“I think it is unfair to the veteran,” said Manar, who now works in Washington as the deputy director of veterans service for Veterans of Foreign Wars. “They deserve at least a competent administrative review of their case.”

Navy veteran Bert Zellers had his heart lacerated at Tampa  VA Medical Center

Atlanta area woman demands better conditions at VA hospital – CBS Atlanta 46

Atlanta area woman demands better conditions at VA hospital – CBS Atlanta 46.


An Atlanta area woman plans to march to the White House to demand better conditions at veterans hospitals across the country.

Natalie Carnegie of McDonough started her movement after her 80-year-old father Joseph suffered a brain injury at James A. Haley Medical Center in Tampa, Florida last year. He remains in a coma-like state and needs round-the-clock care.

Carnegie openly complained about the overworked staff and conditions at the hospital. After filing her complaints, she said the hospital installed a hidden camera disguised as a smoke detector in her father’s room.

“They were absolutely spying,” Carnegie told CBS Atlanta News. “There is no other way to slice that pie. They were spying on us.”

Carnegie said the hospital first denied the smoke detector was a camera but later told her it was installed to monitor her father’s health.

After mounds of red tape, Carnegie said she finally got her father moved to her home in McDonough. He is now receiving periodic treatment at the veterans hospital in DeKalb County.

“He did not deserve this,” Carnegie said. “Not at all. No one deserves it, but especially not my father.”

Carnegie has been in touch with several Congressmen who are investigating what happened. However, she is now mobilizing a group to go directly to the White House to demand action from President Obama.

“We’re not going to shut up,” said Carnegie. “We’re going to continue.”

Her husband agreed.

“President Obama, we want justice for our father,” said Michael Coleman, Joseph Carnegie’s son-in-law. “We want justice.”

Transfer of VA patient goes awry | Tampa Bay Times

TAMPA — His body racked by vascular disease, 85-year-old Varrian “Otto” Wigner struggled with every breath.

Doctors at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa could do little for him. They suggested the World War II veteran be sent to a hospice. Wigner’s wife agreed but said she insisted on one condition:

The breathing device that eased her husband’s suffering and helped keep him alive must be waiting for him. Haley didn’t object.

via Transfer of VA patient goes awry | Tampa Bay Times.