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Judge Orders Settlement Conference In Case Against Los Alamos Medical Center

on October 25, 2017 - 2:43pm
LAMC CEO John Whiteside
Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge Francis J. Mathew has given the parties in a lawsuit filed by Carrie Adair against Los Alamos Medical Center and Barbara Van Eeckhout, M.D. until January to engage in a settlement conference and report back to the Court.

Adair initially filed the complaint in January 2016 alleging medical negligence and negligent hiring, credentialing, training and supervision against LAMC and Van Eeckhout following her treatment Aug. 24 and Aug. 25, 2014, at LAMC. A 12-person jury trial has been requested in the case.

Court records also reveal three other pending jury trials involving LAMC. The second suit was filed July 27 by Christopher Espinoza against LAMC, Christopher Gutierrez, M.D., and Heidi Seizys, R.N., alleging medical negligence and loss of consortium.

A third case, filed Dec. 7, 2016, by Melanie Chavez as the parent and next friend of Matthew Chavez, alleges negligence and medical malpractice by LAMC, Danielle Bridge, M.D., Bridge Care for Women, Quality Anesthesia Services and Mark Martineau, CRNA.

The fourth case was filed June 6 by the estate of Franchesco Valdez, Sr., Alexandria S. Valdez and Adele Valdez, a minor. The complaint alleges medical and ordinary negligence, unfair practices, vicarious liability and damages.

In response to a request for comment on these cases, LAMC CEO John Whiteside said, “Los Alamos Medical Center is committed to providing high quality care close to home for the communities we serve. The aforementioned cases are still being resolved, and we cannot comment on active litigation. Thank you for understanding.”

Editor’s note: Carol A. Clark contributed to this story.