Barbara Dawson's family files federal lawsuit against hospital and Blounstown

By Keneisha Deas | kdeas@wmbb.com

Published 07/25 2016 08:33PM

Updated 07/25 2016 08:33PM

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Lawyers representing Barbara Dawson's family filed the lawsuit in federal court on July 16th.
 
On December 20th, 2015, 57-year-old Dawson was being treated at the Calhoun-Liberty Hospital for several problems.
 
When hospital personnel tried to discharge her, she refused to leave.
 
The hospital staff then called Blounstown Police where she later collapsed and died.
 
The lawsuit includes four counts;  'false imprisonment', 'violation of a Florida statute', 'battery', and 'civil rights claim against the city and former police officer John Tadlock'.
 
"The hospital's legal team is looking forward to addressing the allegations in court and I'm sure that will happen in the appropriate process," said Calhoun-Liberty Hospital Spokesperson Sandi Poreda.
 
But Dawson's death did have consequences on some of those involved.
 
"One of the steps we took in light of the situation, we did let three employees go and two of the employees are the ones that are mentioned in that particular count," said Poreda.
 
As a result of the death, Poreda said the hospital has made some changes in staff training.
 
"We've worked very hard with the staff to make sure they understand the professionalism that is expected of them, the compassion that is expected of them and any rules and regulations that AHCA and other regulatory agencies that have in place," added Poreda.
 
Despite the lawsuit, Poreda said hospital administrators and staff are striving for improved patient care.
 
"The one thing that hospital is committed to doing is staying open. And I think that no matter what happens we will continue to make that our focus. We have said before and we will continue to say we cannot close, the community needs the hospital and the hospital needs the community," said Poreda.
 
Parks and Crump Law Firm from Tallahassee will represent Dawson's family.
 
Poreda said Henry Buchanan, P.A., also from Tallahassee, will represent Calhoun-Liberty Hospital.
 

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