My name is E. F.
a nocturnal dialysis patient Davita Omni Dialysis Clinic in Houston, Texas. I recently made a complaint to Texas Department of State Health Services, about some unfair and possible compliance concerns and issues that were happening to me and other patients at DaVita Omni. Upon making my complaint to DSHS, I also sent the same complaint to the Corporate office of DaVita. On April 18, 2012, I submitted a complaint letter to Julia Lewis, Social Worker at DaVita Omni concerning sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature by a male nurse.
To better the situation and to emotionally heal, I voluntarily agreed to remove myself from nocturnal to the day shift for a month until an investigation was done concerning my complaints.
It was at that point that I was retaliated against due to my complaints. On May 30, 2012 without any warning, I wasambused in a maeeting with DaVita management and executives and was asked to leave the facility and was escorted out by a Houston Police Officer. I was told that due to my disruptive behavior by submitting complaints to the corporate office and to the Department of State Health Services, I was given a number of days to find another dialysis facility and my kidney doctor, who is the Medical Director for the DaVita Omni clinic, tod me that he could no longer be my doctor. I was abandoned by my doctor and my DaVita without being under medical care.
I am also a recent below the knee right leg amputee in a wheelchair and posed no harm or threat to anyone within the facility so I saw no need for a Houston Police Officer escort. I have had meetings and sessions in the past with administrators without his happening and could not understand why these events were taking place now due to my complaints as a patient. With the help of Patient Advocate Arlene Mullin-Tinker, I was able to find another facility that would take me and dialyze me, only to fnd out when I got there, I was being black-balled by the Social Worker from DaVIta Omni. She had called my new dialysis facility and told the Social Worker there what had happened to me at DaVita violating my HIPPA rights as a patient.
I am asking that the Denver Post would please investigate this matter for me and help me in seeking justice for the way I was mistreated as a loyal and compliant patient of six years at DaVita Omni.
Arlene Mullin-Tinker is a life saver and she can be contacted at 1 (202) 567-1616 if you need help. You can also contact Dialysis Patient Advocate Voice on Facebook for assistance.
Product or Service Mentioned: Davita Medical Care.