Father Sues Over 24-Year-Old Joliet Daughter's Death

The father of a woman who died in a Wilmington nursing home is suing the place, along with three doctors and a nurse.

The father of a 24-year-old woman who was treated for chest pains at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center and died four days later at a Wilmington nursing home has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Nebraska resident Fred Saltzman filed the suit in Will County court Friday.

Saltzman's daughter, Tenessa Marie Vincent, died in Wilmington's Embassy Care Center in November 2010.

An obituary on Legacy.com said Vincent was a Joliet resident.

According to the lawsuit, Vincent was admitted to the hospital with chest pains. She was discharged two days later and sent to Embassy Care Center.

Between her discharge and death, Vincent was given at least 10 different medications, including a potent painkiller on a transdermal patch, the lawsuit said.

An autopsy revealed no anatomical cause of death, the lawsuit said, and Vincent's "death was assigned to 'combined drug intoxication.'"

In addition to Embassy Care Center, the lawsuit names three doctors—James D. Wright, Yatin M. Shah and Cosme Lozano—and a nurse, Victoria Mancke.

Saltzman is being represented by Chicago attorney John Cushing and four lawyers from the Dallas firm Heygood, Orr & Pearson.

According to another, different Legacy.com obituary, Vincent was born in Kansas and also lived in Carlsbad, N.M. She was a widow and had a son, the obituary said.

Flora Dora November 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Too many drugs and every one of them has side effects. Did each doctor know what the others prescribed?
Dana Horner November 24, 2012 at 01:00 PM
St Joe's is a little shop of horrors!!!! never....ever...go to that dump.
John Roberts November 24, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Patches are highly potent...anything after a patch or while on a patch is useless except for slowly killing you off....it is likely you will be put on as many medications as you can be..They made it illegal for pharma companies to pay Dr.s to use their medications but it said nothing on the law about all the napkins,posters,mouth sticks,ear examination tips,and all the other stuff Dr.s need to be provided by the pharma representative..look around when you go into the Dr.s office and you see all the advertising in his office...that was provided by a pharma representative...and the Dr. Will give it to you like a test subject not because he has knowledge of the medication...but because the pharma representative gave him all the little things he needed...
Christine November 24, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Worst hospital st Joe. Run don't walk anywhere else!
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