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On September 11, 2000, Kaiser Permanente Staff euthanized our father,
Adam Wesley Arnold, against his and his family's wishes. He was 70 years
old and the father of 6 living children. He had been married 51 years to
our mother. To the left is a picture of our Dad, Adam Wesley Arnold before Kaiser
got ahold of him.
Here is his story -
CASE SUMMARY -
It took five years to obtain them. The Supreme Court for the State of California ruled that the next of kin and eldest child had no right to them if that is what they feel like doing. Three days after that ruling, and after my husband consulted with a DA in Ventura, we got a phone call to go pick up the records. Here they are:
As soon as we learned of the existence of the newly created California Department of Managed Health Care a phone call was placed to them. I was assured that their very existence was to handle such matters as we had witnessed and experienced. They had me fill out their online form. They also over the years had us send them more and more requests for an investigation. Here is the coorespondence from the DMHC - Department of Manged Health Care that showed that something else was blocking any investigation.
Over the years, numerous requests have been made to the California Board of Registered Nursing for a formal investigation. Here is one of the complaints filed, at the Board's request on April 10, 2004. You will note that Dennis Kane, the nurse involved in this, the "closer" by his own statement, was also the primary offender in the Inclan vs Covenant Health Care case which did go to the Supreme Court and did extend the statue of limitations in some instances of Elder Abuse. He did the same thing to several of his patients and The Inclan family sued. Unfortunately in that case Dennis Kane got off due to a technicality involving statute time constraints. How that happened while in litigation is a question to be answered by attorneys.
Adam Wesley Arnold's story, has been made public because numerous people assisted us in gathering this information and wanted to know the truth. This also has been placed online because thousands of people in this country are treated the same way and not one government agency is willing to do the right thing and stop it from happening. This has been very difficult to put together and made more so because prior to this we greatly valued our privacy. More important than our privacy though, is giving people the chance to stop this from happening to one of their family members. Here is a link to the story with the information that we had in 2002 when it was read before Congress:http://www.kaiserpapers.org/pdfs/elderjustice.pdf Since that time we have received further information and have learned that there was much more to the story than we were originally allowed to know.
November 2006 - The month we decided that the truth could finally come out.
Since September 11, 2000 I have cooperated with the authorities. I have kept quiet about several things that took place regarding my father's murder and the numerous people that have profited off of it. All it got me was a big headache and threats from individuals that wanted me to remain silent. I am tired of being threatened and I am tired of living in fear that any member of my family will be harmed if I tell what we now know to be fact. I am also tired of being used by people that only want personal gain. This is not a rant page but an explanation as to what actually did happen to our father and why it took 5 years to obtain the truth. We have all known the truth since the last week of October 2005. We have waited an additional year for the police to do something.
I have to wonder if even the OJ case that every police department and DA in this country uses as an excuse to avoid doing their job was actually a thrown case.
For anyone reading this you will be hard pressed to try and make this out to be a conspiracy anything. I am just a wife and mother that accumulated a lot of papers from the court system, talked to a lot of people and saw some really horrible things take place.
This is a factual story and is a story of greed and Thriving from Thievery while not caring who gets hurt. This has been verified by the authorities that just haven't gotten around to doing anything yet except asking our family to remain silent. A good portion of the documentation was obtained from two separate probate records, filed in two different probate courts by two different people at the same time claiming conservatorship over my father's matters. GP007284 and GP008068. One case was started at the beginning and the other created half way through. Both remained action from their creation until the courts end of this issue. One case was never finalized. The excuse made when inquires were made was no one had the time to clear the other. The excuse doesn't fly considering their contents.
The Conservator in this matter, Kaiser and The California Department of Managed Health all tried to prevent us from obtaining the medical records. They did this for 5 years. They tried so hard that they involved a court of law in this that ruled that I in particular and my other siblings had no right to my father's medical records.
The following Monday, five years after the original request for medical records and after this unique ruling, for unknown reasons, Kaiser released the medical records to us. I then presented those medical records to every government agency that had used the excuse that they couldn't obtain them before because of HIPAA. Those agencies still aren't doing anything but throwing up smoke screens. Truthfully with their conduct they all do have a lot to hide. That in itself is a disgrace to this state.
My father was a regular Dad and nothing more. Any insinuation to the contrary by any source is puffery intended to distract from the truth. We witnessed a murder and it happened to be my father that was killed. As it turns out our mother was also helped along but not by the medical establishment. Permanente employees using their titles of M.D. that have implied otherwise in an attempt to discredit fact should be ashamed of themselves. Attorneys that are on a gravy train that may have their ride disrupted by this information should also realign their personal values and stop their mud slinging.
Here are the facts and witnessed events in somewhat of a chronological order -
1. A physician misdiagnosed for whatever reason a serious heart condition in my father. The medication created a side effect of tremors. He was later diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease because of these tremors.
2. Angela Ross Hays, M.D. was fired by my father in the Spring of 1999. He said that he didn't believe what she was telling him the truth about his medical condition and wanted another physician assigned by SCAN Insurance (A Medicare Senior Health Provider) to oversee his care. Further information on SCAN from the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee at:http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=view&id=5849
3. The very next day he was placed on so called life support by this doctor's associate because of his alleged serious heart condition. The doctor said that he feared he would not last the night. As it turned out all the doctor had done was dope up our father to make him unconscious.
The ICU director at Huntington Memorial Hospital (a very good hospital) informed our family that night that there was nothing wrong with our father and to get him out of there as fast as possible. We were informed that first night that our father did not have a heart condition. The Director and a nurse even suggested that I pose as my mother who could not be present that evening to sign him out.
One of the siblings prevented this from happening that night but we didn't realize what was going on until much later.
The director of ICU that night said that he could not call the police himself but if we did he would and could talk to them. I regret not understanding fully what he was telling us. I think that evening we all began to question everyone in the medical field.
The director also said that our father did not need the prescribed oxygen though he did have some COPD.
The entire thing came across as the treating doctor and her associates were trying to cover up the Medicare fraud and didn't care if the patient died as long as she and her office didn't get caught and made their money. I suppose if our father had the opportunity to contract with another physician that actually examined him the truth would have become known much sooner. Maybe that is what they were afraid would happen.
The sibling situation that arose seems to be unrelated to the medical scam that took place.
4. My father was shortly thereafter illegally transferred to the now out of business St. Luke's hospital in Pasadena, California by Angela Ross Hays, M.D. against his and his familys wishes. There she created false medical diagnoses for the purpose of bilking the SCAN insurance and Medicare system. She made a lot of money. Law Enforcement became officially involved at this point.
5. The insurance company was of no help. The insurance company refused to switch doctors. The insurance company thought what was going on was funny and bluntly told us that they were not going to do anything to help my father. The insurance company got bilked by the doctor. Medicare was bilked by the doctor. My father's health was destroyed.
6. The one sibling that blocked our father from going home in the beginning became conservator over our father. We were a fairly trusting family and it never crossed our minds what was really going on at that time. Our sibling kept him in the hospital longer than necessary because she took the money for an attorney to represent our father and used it for her personal business instead, while failing to mention this to the rest of the family. So from the very beginning there were two unethical people overseeing our father's medical care.
This sibling was trusted because she lived in our father's house and as a court clerk for family/probate court in Los Angeles we believed that she would be the family representative most capable to handle the legal matters. In a perfect world, perhaps that would have been true.
While this was happening our mother who suffered from the disease porphyria, a genetic disease which does affect the mind when not properly treated was beaten in the home. She stated that the sibling who was conservator had beaten and kicked her. This was credible information because of prior incidents within in the home that we all knew of. This was reported to the attorney handling the conservatorship, the judge involved in Pasadena, California and to the Elder Abuse unit at NorthEast LAPD. Elder Abuse showed up to interview our mother after the bruises were gone and interviewed her in the presence of the accused abuser.
Five years later our family learned from court documents that the sibling went into court and stated that everyone in the family made up stories but her. The judge allowed her the position of conservator and didn't bother to check out anything. Five years later we also learned that other family members independent of each other had also reported these events to the authorities, the court, the judge and the attorney. All parties responsible and with authority to stop harm to our mother did nothing to help her. I also learned five years after my father's death and verified through court documents that this same sibling had also been accused of abusing our father by other members of the family.
While our father was hospitalized during those long months our mother was not allowed to visit him by this one sibling. All branches of government did nothing to help our mother.
7. Finally after everyone peeled away the sham diagnosis created by our father's physician and was putting pressure on the hospital to release him, our father was transferred over to Barlow Medical Center. Barlow had a PR reputation for undoing the damage caused by other facilities that placed patient on ventilators. As with all body parts that become dependant on mechanical devices, from back and neck braces to breathing devices the the body weakens and often has to be retrained to function on it's own again. In this case it was learned that our father was not on a respirator but was on an air pump. There is a big difference between the two.
8. At Barlow the physicians in charge didn't bother to examine the patient, our father, but did simply continue the treatment for the fake heart condition and by that time numerous other fake conditions that Angela Ross Hays, M.D. has declared our father as suffering from. They tossed in some heart medication that was applied as a cream on his chest on top of everything else. They also started our father on a large dose of potassium which was given daily for the rest of his life.
No matter how many times we repeated to these doctors that he did not have a heart condition we were ignored.
9. The Barlow physician in charge, Dr. Christopher Ho was once a pharmacist. He knew that for emergency purposes a large dose of potassium could immediately assist a patient suffering an asthma attack. Dr. Ho prescribed a high dose of potassium for my father which didn't really work well with all the other medications that Dr. Angela Ross Hays had forced on him. So in short a man was misdiagnosed with a heart condition, prescribed medications that caused other misdiagnoses, including two incapacitating operations, was terribly abused by the medical system and related staffs and died from a potassium overdose and a medically induced septic infection that was denied medical treatment.
Barlow publicized information on Christopher Ho:
The following information was originally located at: http://www.barlow2000.org/hospital/c_ho.htm but has since been removed.
Christopher K. Ho, M.D.
Barlow Pulmonary Medical Group
A member of the Barlow medical staff since 1990, Dr. Ho is the Director of Rehabilitation Services, providing the physician direction and management for both the in-patient and ambulatory care Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs. One of three full-time medical staff members at Barlow, Dr. Ho’s appointments include the directorships of the ABG Laboratory, Ambulatory Care Services, and Pulmonary Physiology Laboratory. He is also the Medical Director of Respiratory Care Services and the Associate Director of the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Ho joined the staff of Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier - the site of Barlow’s first satellite unit - in January, 1997.Education and Training - 1974 - UC Berkeley Bachelor of Arts - 1979 University of Southern California - Pharm D. -
1985 ROSALIND FRANKLIN UNIVERSITY, THE CHICAGO MEDICAL SCHOOL North Chicago, Illinois Doctor of Medicine 1986-Internship, Los Angeles County / University of Southern California Medical Center,
Los Angeles, California - Internal Medicine
1987- California Medical License obtained JUNE 22, 1987
1988 - Residency, Los Angeles county/University of Southern California Medical Center-Internal Medicien
1990 - Fellowship, Los Angeles Coutny, USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, California Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care
Certification Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1989 Diplomate,ABIM Pulmonary Disease SubSpecialty Board, 1998
Special Procedural Expertise Percutaneous Dilitational Tracheostomy (PDT) Video Fluoroscopic Swallowing Study Fiberoptic Evaluation of Swallowing Study Transtracheal Oxygen Catheter Insertion
Academic Appointments Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
Community Activities Medical Director, 20th Annual Asthma Camp, American Lung Association of Los Angeles County, 1997
Member, American Lung Association Research Board, Los Angeles County, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor, Fundamentals of Critical Care Instructor and Course Director, Trudeau Society of Los Angeles County
Medicare blindly paid for all of this without questioning a single thing, even when the family tried to get help and begged for assistance.
Due to the tremors which were really a form of panic attacks created by the unnecessary medications, Barlow staff shoved my father's hands in mittens and tied him down. He had been tied down over at St. Lukes previously for the tremors and Barlow just continued the same treatment. By the time Barlow released him his body was deformed from being tied down for so long and one of his hands was permanently deformed from the mitten. Barlow never did bother re-examining my father and never did get him off an air pump.
Today Barlow is under investigation because Dr. Christopher Ho used this high dose potassium prescription on a great number of patients and yes when medications are not in conflict many of the patients will be able to get off a true ventilator. Unfortunately a high dose of potassium routinely given to a patient does more harm than good in the long run. So while short term results are often seen, the destruction to the rest of the body greatly shortens the patients life span if the medication is continued in such a large dose. Dr. Ho continued this prescription after our father was released from Barlow as he did for many other patients in the Los Angeles area. Again, Dr. Ho was first a pharmacist and should have known better. I guess he just wanted to make a reputation for himself and a lot of money. Maybe he just figures that the end justifies the means.
You tell me which is worse; A patient walking around for up to 20 years with his little portable oxygen tank and tubes stuck in his nose or having a hole punched in his throat to breathe or two years of high potassium, no oxygen tank and tubes and then death from the damage to the body caused by the medication. That is the simplified version of what Barlow does with some patients.
While at Barlow my sibling realizing that I was catching on to what she was doing and threw up smoke screens and lots of melodrama. She threw up so much in the way of trouble that finally my family and I decided to just stay home and avoid the situation as we could not stop it and we also could not condone it.
10. Our father went home at the end of the year in 1999 and a relative signed him up with the Kaiser Senior Advantage program in the Spring of 2000.
This is when things really got bad.
11. For a while my adult nephew, himself married and a father stopped everything to care for our father in his home. He became the primary caregiver. The assigned Kaiser doctor, James Robert Evans did not provide medical care but did transfer all the prior medical prescriptions over to the Kaiser system. Dr. Evans later claimed he never had my father for a patient but his name was on the prescription bottles and the medical records indicate that he was my father's assigned physician.
12. Under my nephews care Kaiser ordered in March of 2000 my father to be taken to the doctor at Kaiser Sunset for a cursory examination. An ambulance was ordered to transfer him because we still did not realize that all the equipment, etc., was not necessary for my father and we feared for his well being. By this time the potassium had further weakened my fathers body and he could no longer walk at all or sit for any period of time but we did not yet understand what was going on.
For the publics information too much potassium can paralyze and definitely make a person unable to sit up, walk or do much of anything. It eventually kills by paralyzing the entire body if used in too great an amount or if it builds up in the body. It is a recipe for misdiagnoses and a recipe to hide something illegal that is going on.
Dr. Evans, as per the medical records ordered a few routine blood and urine tests. The potassium was continued but never monitored. My sister told the doctor that our father had Parkinsons Disease. Dr. James Robert Evans did not bother examining our father to find out what was really wrong. The records were never transferred from Barlow, St. Lukes, Huntington Memorial or anywhere else for the doctor to review. Dr. James Robert Evans, Kaiser Geriatric Authority at the time just took the word of a relative and ignored the word of both the caregiver and another sibling that was present during this exchange.
By this time the sibling conservator was on a power trip and anyone that questioned her statements or behavior began to have serious personal problems. It is well documented that most everyone she feels has crossed her starts having problems with law enforcement. It doesn't seem to go any further than harassment though.
13. One night three members of the family obtained absolute, beyond a shadow of a doubt proof that this sister was looting our fathers bank account, taking rent monies and not documenting tenant payments, maxing out credit cards for her clothing, eating out, buying liquor by the case, I presume for gifts and other non household nor medical purposes items. She was also taking possessions from the home and it was later learned selling them under value.
Note: The reason absolute proof had to be obtained before confronting her is because of our mother's illness. Our mother suffered from the genetic disease porphyria and it was often not controlled properly. Often her mind was not clear and often she could be convinced by others that she had done something wrong. Many times she did do something wrong and every one would have to sort out the story and fix the problem as well. The family had to make sure what was the truth and was not and who was doing what.
14. These members of the family asked the sister to leave the home immediately one evening or they would bring this matter to the authorities as she refused to stop stealing. She felt it was a salary owed her she said. There was an altercation in which two other members of our family came to the house and supported her. These two members have also profited well from these activities and protected their little sister.
15. Later that night she and the two supporting brothers telephoned me and presented an incredible story. They claimed that the three other family members that tried to stop the thievery and violence were in fact responsible for it all. Keep in mind that I had intentionally withdrawn from what was going on because I was very familiar with this pattern of familial behavior. I spoke with my mother and she expressed anger over what the brothers were doing and told me that they were not telling the truth.
That night they all requested that I move down there and assume the position of conservator. I made it clear that would not happen until I saw the financials and spoke with all parties. I didn't trust anyone at this point and wanted to know what I would be walking into. They simply refused to allow me to see the records and so I remained away from the situation.
From that night forward my nephew, his family, a brother a sister, all their children were never again allowed to see our father as per orders from our sister the conservator until his funeral They were formally banned from the internment upon order of the sister in question. Over 20 people were never allowed to see their grandfather again so one greedy person could have her way.
16. A few weeks later I received a telephone call from Dan Stubbs a professional conservator, a personal friend of my sisters who stated that she had asked that he take over her position. At that point he advised me that he was placing my father in the Kaiser Hospice Program. I asked when my father had become so ill. He stated that he was not terminal but that Medicare would pay better in that program. He also said that Spring of 2000 that our father's Medicare benefits had run out for the year. I advised him that this was fraud and because of the nuttiness of the overall situation and futility of trying to stop it I remained out of the picture. Dan Stubbs asked me to come down to the house and care for my father. I still refused because untruthfulness was still taking place.
17. They went through several caregivers under Dan Stubbs "reign" for lack of a better term. The care was pretty bad I understood from my mother and the neighbors. Finally Stubbs decided that he was going to put my father in a nursing home in downtown Los Angeles and ban members of the family from visiting him I was told by my sister, the former conservator. I was told it was an emergency and that I truly was needed to go down there and stop it from happening. She claimed that they had run out of relatives to help out and could not afford to pay for continuing medical personnel.
I made it clear that if there was any more lying, any more hanky panky, any more violence or anything out of line that I would personally turn them in. They all agreed with my terms. I telephoned Stubbs and spoke with him. He admitted that he had made these statements that indeed he was taking this action against my family and my father. It was his solution to prevent my nephew, my brother and sister and related family members from seeing our father he said. He claimed our sister his personal friend told him that they upset our father and so it appeared that he was just honoring her wishes.
Our mother couldn't do anything. She was aware that she had previously been declared incompetent because of her medical condition and was fearful what would happen if Stubbs found out about it as was the entire family. The worse case scenario as per family discussion was that Stubbs would have them both placed in nursing homes, over medicated and we would all be prevented from seeing them while he ran up his bill.
I understood from Stubbs that his motivation was because members of the family had been requesting that he make visitation arrangements for family members to visit our father. I reiterate that the primary concern with visitation without legal protection was our sister. She has a lengthy history as per her statements to me and statements witnessed by other family members of creating harassment by filing police complaints against anyone that gets in her way. The police already are very aware of this information and have reviewed their own records.
18. While I served as our father's caregiver beginning the month of July until his death in September there was indeed a lot of melodrama. The medical care provided by Kaiser was next to nothing. The abuse, both physicial. and emotional by their staff was great.
19. The first week there my sister and one of her defending brothers bragged how they were getting even with the family members that tried to stop the stealing. The brother claimed he was a great friend of NorthEast Station officers and had provided a lot of private contract services for their homes. He also claimed that he assisted in some investigations where police could not do certain things. This brother bragged that he had convinced Commander Kyle Jackson to contact a Sheriff Department in another community and have an invasive search made of our nephews home. The claim was made that they were searching for hidden military paraphernalia. They found nothing and the brother claimed he was trying to convince Jackson to do it again. This is called retaliation.
This was later verified through family members that were present at this invasive event that did terrorize small children sitting at the dinner table and was also verified again this year through LAPD.
Until then I had always thought that the police needed a little bit of proof and certainly more than the word of a snitch to do that kind of thing.
I witnessed many methods used to try to set people up and have them arrested as a form of intimidation by that sister and that particular brother. One of the things interesting that became of use five years later in a court of law was a unique, at least to us method of blackmail. One of the methods my sister would control our mother with was blackmail. I doubt she knew if she had done something wrong or at least not most of the time. However for one particular matter that my sister thought would be useful to hold over her head (an indiscretion when she was 15) she made eye contact with our mother and slowly raised her hands together at the dining room table and then slammed them down. That scared the heck out of our Mom right then and there. The next day she told me what it was about because she was tired of being scared. That was the end of the leverage over her.
Five years later the same technique was again witnessed in a court of law against the same judge that is repeatedly involved in this entire mess.
This sister in particular always has a court case regarding child custody and one night before a hearing she showed her black book that she carried around with her and told us the contents of that book. I also saw at a later date the contents of that book. That same judge from the book just seems to always be involved with my family probate, sisters child custody, seek an autopsy, etc., matters.
20. Kaiser assigned a nurse, Dennis Kane to our father. We were told that our father was on the hospice program and when Dennis Kane a documented by court of law abusive nurse said straight out that he was killing our father to get his bonus at the end of the month I blew the whistle on the entire thing. This nurse has a pattern of behavior doing this type of thing to patients that has been shown in a court of law.
Dennis Kane - http://kaiserpapers.org/denniskane.html,
Our father had a build up of potassium and slowly became unable to move on his own due to the lack of medical monitoring. As Kaiser refused to monitor his urine and blood this build up was allowed to progress. When Dennis Kane as referenced above, came along and intentionally created an infection which Kaiser refused to treat but did record in their computer system it added to his sudden decline.
Over a period of time the use of potassium in such amounts often weakens the kidneys and other organs in the body creating new problems. Potassium that is not released from the body can cause paralysis which is basically what happened in my fathers case. When the body starts slowing down for example from an untreated infection the potassium will build up in the body. When death results from an overdose or build up of potassium the heart and the lungs simply stop while the mind remains very alert. In essence the person going through this is very aware that their heart and lungs have stopped functioning, and is terrified. This goes on for a period of several minutes until the person dies. Some physicians have stated that a patient in this position dies while in great pain. This is what actually happened to our father. Here is the clincher: If it weren't for the medical records there would be no way to prove this. Until recently an overdose of potassium at the time of death could not be proven by autopsy.
The week before my father's death my sister and one of her defending brothers talked about how they were going to make sure the rest of the family were jilted out of the estate. At that time I was considered one of the good guys and they openly bragged about what they were doing. They had made sure that no autopsy would happen, they made sure that family members would be blocked from the funeral. They thought that they had made sure of a lot of things. Truthfully they did get away with preventing an autopsy and they used the cover of their friend Homicide Detective John Berdin to stop an autopsy that the family did request.
The night of my fathers death my sister told the Kaiser doctor that never met the patient much less saw his medical records while on the telephone that the cause of death was Parkinson's Disease. The paramedics verified that he was dead to the physician and nothing more,. The doctor later admitted what he did was illegal. He also admitted it to the police but kept saying so what, Kaiser would take care of him.
So in short a man was misdiagnosed with a heart condition, prescribed medications that caused other misdiagnoses, including two incapacitating operations, was terribly abused by the medical system and related staffs and died. Medicare blindly paid for all without questioning a single thing, even when the family tried to get help. A professional conservator and a family member reaped financial rewards.
After our fathers death we went to the police for help. My brothers friend, Homicide Detective John Berdin was in charge of this matter. He had us running all over the country side obtaining information for him. For one year he strung us along and did nothing. In the end he said that he felt sorry for me and that there had never been an investigation. At one point he had me request an investigation from a man named Leland Wong that worked for Kaiser. I also contacted Parker Center and asked them what to do. They also referred me to Leland Wong and gave me his telephone number. Today Leland Wong is under investigation for a lot of things but as far as I know nothing related to my father and what happened to him. Leland Wong didn't help me at all. He told me that he couldn't because he worked for Kaiser. Leland Wong was on the Police Commission overseeing Retirement along with a lot of other Commission positions in California.
BTW - One of the Kaiser executives, Dan Garcia
, that took part in investigating Leland Wong
Over in Nevada the State Comptroller was found to have been murdered by Potassium. They took the time and trouble over there to investigate and prosecute. Of course the guy they are holding responsible is her husband. It wasn't a medical corporation that did her in.
21. After our father's death our mother asked to have our sister move out and another family member move in with her. Our sister has a history of creating difficulties and it could have been harmful for other family members to have accomodated her. Elder Abuse out of NorthEast was again called because of another incident. They did nothing. They promised that they would check back unannounced but they never did.
One day during a phone conversation my mother said that they had forced her to see an attorney and sign some papers. I thought that she took care of her will and wouldn't let her tell me about the contents. I figured that there was enough money grabbing already going on and decided that I didn't want to be a part of it.
She was not allowed to speak to me more than once or twice after that. The rest of the family was banned from seeing or speaking to her as well. We all complied because we knew that the NorthEast Elder Abuse Unit was a waste of time and were concerned that she would receive further physical harm. Two years later began a series of emails to me from a woman begging for help that said she was my mother. We were surprised because our sister had forbidden our mother from touching the computer. In these emails she said they wouldn't let her see a doctor. She said that she had quit Kaiser because they wouldn't help her. She wrote and asked if I thought her new doctor, Dr. Hardesty on York Boulevard was good. She wrote that she needed help immediately because they would not let her have her medicine. We telephoned, we tried to get her help but they wouldn't let us talk to her. We reasoned to ourselves that she could get help by asking the neighbors for it if nothing else.
It turned out that Dr. Hardesty was the doctor she signed up with after she left Kaiser and that the emails did come from our mother.
A few days after the last email we received a phone call that she was dead. We were told that she had died from a seizure. We later learned that the police were there and the paramedics took the statement from my sister and brother down there that while it was not expected but that she had died from a heart attack that had lasted 15 minutes. The brother wasn't there when it happened and the sister was asleep so how they knew this is a mystery. The family called LAPD and Detective Berdin stated to everyone but me that if I had not named Kaiser regarding our father's death that they had enough to go forward , they also had an impartial witnesses but because I did name Kaiser they would not investigate nor would they investigate our mothers death.
Berdin was upset that we got the incident number from Parker Center. They all were upset when we found where they had taken our mother. We had to find her ourselves because they refused to let us know where she was at. They were scheduling her for cremation just as they did with our father.
That was against both of their wishes and a sure fire way to destroy evidence.
The Coroner was called just as it was before with our father. They set everything up for an autopsy and LAPD's Berdin again stopped it. In fact the last I heard the Coroner's office had lost all records related to this. We then went to court to obtain an autopsy. We requested that we not have the same judge that had been previously involved in the legal actions related to our father.
Sure enough there he was and we had no other choice but to let him hear the case. Our sister came out of his chambers in front of everyone shortly before the hearing. I spoke, a nephew spoke and no one else but the sister in question was allowed to speak. She told the court how wonderful Kaiser care is and gave yet another version of what happened to our mother. I am not sure why the statements about Kaiser were allowed or even necessary. The judge was ready to rule and looked right at me, my brothers and sister, nieces and nephews, and then he turned and looked at our sister. We again got to see the same hand motion that had been used 5 years earlier to control our mother. The judge became pale and ruled no autopsy allowed. She was cremated a few hours later. He said that the LAFD paramedics were well trained and capable of calling the cause of death on a patient that they never saw, never knew and hadn't been seen medically by a doctor recently. And that was that.
My sister had arranged to have at this hearing the attorney she had taken our mother to sign the legal papers years ago. The papers that she tried to tell me about. He handed us all documents in the court room that day. In these documents we all were disowned from our mothers share of the estate as were all future generations related to us. Not much of a surprise there either. None of us have been down to our parents home which we all own a portion of because of what has taken place. It is sickening to think of what our parents were put through and for what reason.
We realize that those documents were presented at such a time and place in an effort to wound us. Unfortuantely for the people that did that they will never be able to understand that not everyone believes as they do. Not everyone is more concerned about money and possessions than they are life. In fact most people are more concerned about life and are not greedy and selfish.
When all of this was put together LAPD was again contacted and a new homicide detective was at NorthEast. Berdin had retired by this time. He asked to have all of the material put together for him as there was not a trace that there ever had been a previous investigation. No number, no photographs, no medical records, nothing. In fact, as not mentioned above there was also an independant witness that contacted LAPD the night of my father's death to tell a different story than our sibling related that night to the paramedics. LAPD also did not have in their possession the lab report created by their own labs on what killed my father. LAPD had used urine taken at the time of my father's death for their testing and lost the report. It agrees with Kaiser's medical records.
Instead I contacted Chief Bratton's office and then mailed two sets of records to him. I was then told by Bratton's office that it was now part of a Federal investigation. As far as I know everything that we have said has been proven except the missing Coroners information. Detective Berdin is now retired and I was told that they can't do anything to him for what he did to my family and for allowing our mother to be harmed. The investigation was completed and the last I heard is that it was sent off to someone else and that we are to just continue waiting to find out what they are going to do.
I never believed that this could happen to my family much less actually have relatives participating in it. I trusted the police as well. I don't openly trust them anymore. I also learned really fast to question medical personnel and to be alarmed if they are offended by said questioning.
The first doctor was stealing from Medicare at the expense of patient health. The second doctor was deceiving the public and getting a lot of money from Medicare. The third doctor and his medical program were just plain negligent and making money off of the patient. The nurse that caused my father's death was prompted by individuals within the system as part of a premeditated act to profit financially via bonus money. They justified it to themselves because of the patients age (statements of they are old and going to die anyway) and statements that they had to make more money to support their familiy.
It was very mean for Kaiser, The Department of Managed Health Care, The Los Angeles Police Department, The Conservator Dan Stubbs and anyone else involved to have hidden this information from us for so long. It was cruel having us gather information for them. It was very nasty for these people to have worked together to prevent us from obtaining the medical records which clearly showed that what we all saw and understood was factual and correct. Instead they all tried to save their behinds and prayed I am sure daily that we would never find out the truth, but we did.
There are several fine points, details really that are not included in this writing. There was no need to include them and if the police are sincere about doing something to bring to justice the people involved in this matter those details may be the keys to proving who did what in a criminal court of law and I wouldn't want to ruin that evidence.
And so there you have it. That is what happened to my father and my mother. That is what I was told to be quiet about and live in fear of harm befalling my family if I or the rest of us told what happened. Near the bottom of this page you can read the information that we had available when this all began. At that time we thought it was just a bunch of crooked doctors. We are very sorry that this turned out to be much more.
The following is the original story as presented before this new information came to light.
On September 11, 2000, Kaiser Permanente Staff euthanized my father, Adam Wesley Arnold, against his and his family's wishes. He was 70 years old and the father of 6 living children. He had been married 51 years to our mother.Kaiser euthanized him because his health maintenance had become too expensive for this HMO to honor the written
contract that they had with him. This I was told by his Kaiser Permanente/Sunset Branch nurse -
Dennis Kane - http://kaiserpapers.org/denniskane.html, when I asked directly why he was hurting our father. He also, on my father's front porch expounded as to what his financial benefits were in having my father killed and then told me what a great Craftsman House it was an Kaiser euthanized him because his health maintenance had become too expensive for this HMO to honor the written
contract that they had with him. This I was told by his Kaiser Permanente/Sunset Branch nurse -
Dennis Kane - http://kaiserpapers.org/denniskane.html, when I asked directly why he was hurting our father. He also, on my father's front porch expounded as to what his financial benefits were in having my father killed and then told me what a great Craftsman House it was and how much he wished that he could have it for himself. He was that callous and cold when he plainly explained to me why he was having my father killed.d how much he wished that he could have it for himself. He was that callous and cold when he plainly explained to me why he was having my father killed.
I immediately reported to Kaiser Permanente/Sunset what had taken place and what this man said and Kaiser did nothing.
His death was painful as he had developed blood poisoning under this nurses care which Kaiser refused to treat. Kaiser denied my father of any and all medical care either regular or emergency treatment. Under Kaiser's care he was denied any antibiotics and was needlessly prescribed a lethal dose of potassium chloride.
The local government - The County of Los
Department of Health
Services, Licensing and Certification
I urge everyone to contract with a different insurance company. Not just to spare your family the grief that we have and still are going through but to also avoid the threats of medical retaliation against your families that we have had to endure.
I am pretty sure that our father had the same low opinion of Kaiser's treatment as we do. I very much wish that he were still with us today. I promised my Dad that Kaiser was not going to get away with what they did to him and I keep my promises to my Dad..
The above was written on September
11, 2001 -
The first anniversary
of his death. A horrible war started
The synopsis of the Kaiser abuse on my
father is as
was originally displayed at Ron Panzer's
HMO Commits Fraud - Enrolls
Patient in Hospice; Causes
Infection and Makes Patient
(A Medical Doctor's Analysis of this case
Misdiagnosis and Inappropriate
Equivalent To Assault
Thus our father was placed on life support and sent to the intensive care unit. The head of ICU that first night informed us that our father did not have a heart problem and that he was "perfectly fine." In fact the Director for that evening asked me to pose as my mother and have him released from the hospital. I regret not doing so.
However, as his children we did not have
the legal right
him; as our father was heavily sedated, he could
The attending physician transferred my Dad
Luke’s hospital in
Pasadena, California acute care unit, without
I was, however, able to prevent the doctor and hospital from transferring my father to the doctor's own private nursing home (where she could personally continue to collect money for room, board and unwanted medical care). At this point we had family members with him nearly 24 hours a day ... we had to! When we learned that the attending physician was attempting to gain conservatorship over our father, we were shocked and were forced to go to court.
This doctor had at this point indicated
that our father
everything from Leukemia to Parkinson's disease,
My sister became the legal conservator at
She was selected
because she lived in the home with my parents.
Still the family had to take legal action
to have our
to Barlow Respiratory Center to undo the serious damage to our
father's body that was done by the attending physician.
This doctor falsely made claims of her affiliation with Barlow
Center in an attempt to intimidate us into complying with
her wish to transfer him to her nursing home.
She also forced a contract with Barlow to
payment for referrals
in order to have our father transferred to their
hospital. For the rest of the world I believe this is referred to as
a kick back. The family also had to promise that once
Beginning of HMO Failure to
After the family paid for $350.00 per day
that did not provide
proper care nor did they exercise
Some family disagreements arose and in
order to stop the
a private conservator was hired to
HMO Commits Medicare Fraud by
Non-Terminal Patient in Hospice
HMO Intimidation to Force DNR Status and HMO Abuse Begins
The hospice nurse, Dennis Kane, RN.
Who could blame him for being afraid
For the entire time my Dad was enrolled in
his nurse refused to change the foley
I repeatedly requested physical therapy
my Dad and was
told several times that they had been
There was a man that came out to check the
twice, but that
is all. As for assistance with bathing,
Of course we complained to Kaiser about
honoring their contract
with our father. We were always
Still, we as a family continued to go
forward and our
father kept getting
healthier and much stronger. After one
HMO Nurse Causes Fatal Septic
We later were informed that Kaiser rules
nurses to change
a trach tube. My father did develop an
Finally a new nurse came to see our father.
but we never heard from the bather
HMO Practices Medicine Without License
Does Not Have Actual Doctor Making
For the next three weeks the new nurse
us that our father
did not have an infection and that
On Monday, September 11, 2000
arrived at the house I saw
a drastic change in his health. He was
One nurse informed us that our father had a
infection and that
it was very serious. Apparently this
HMO Director of Home Health Laughs
At Us When
We Pleaded for Help
Our father developed severe edema and his
up with a grainy material. Kaiser
Unfortunately, because no Kaiser physician,
ever saw or
in any way with the medical decision-making
Were We Used by Kaiser Permanente to Harm Our Own Father?
During the course of our father's
had made sure
that our father got 100 MeQ of Potassium
HMO Falsifies Death Certificate to Cover Its Tracks
I thought that no one can die just from
Disease, but then
who am I, I was only there. The current
The laboratory informed us that our father
different types of
bacterial infection, common in cases of
I requested an investigation by Kaiser
Permanente as to
why our father
received this type of treatment and
HMO Threatens to Retaliate if We
That of course has spurred me on. How dare
me for such
a matter? The arrogance of this
Needless to say, all of this has been
extremely hard on
We all find ourselves extremely angry,
We refuse to accept any financial bribe to
from Kaiser or
anyone else in this matter; thus we choose
If they can't do that then they should be
put out of
business once and
for all! The patients' relationship with
I respectfully request any of you who read
this to bring
to the attention of the American government
A Medical Doctor Speaks Out and Analyzes This Case
Note: The actual HMO name and
have been removed,
but this is the actual analysis
The doctor writes:
The Kaiser organization is as sly
as it is
evil. They communicate
to each other through oral agreements
The Pearl Harbor attack not only
set off war with Japan
set off price control in the United States.
But this approach also put the
quality of care
offered by health
plans in the hands of the employers.
Then President Johnson initiated
Medicare itself in
1966. It was
almost the nation's memorial gift to
But by 1973 Medicare's funding was
trouble. So under President
Nixon, Prepaid Health Plans
Kaiser Permanente added in
arbitration in their enrollment
contracts. And, because Kaiser is the
We are now dealing with a royal
owns the premiums. Patients
are but serfs hoping for an
Meanwhile, Kaiser holds out to be
of evil intent. But the .… Medical Group
Now let us go to your situation. I
as a physician who
observed Kaiser carefully for 18 months
2. "My father was on home health. We were
Kaiser that due
to his Medicare benefits running out for
My Comment: this is Medicare
fraud; a patient
can only be transferred
to Hospice when a specific physician
3. "His care from Kaiser consisted of his
once a week
and asking me how my father was doing.
My Comment: I will assume that the
abusive to your family.
Often the Kaiser attitude gets
4. "I believe that he was under great
stress because he
that Kaiser did not have any services such as
My Comment: Every front line
worker is given an
That is how rationing is accomplished.
5. "As it turned out Kaiser did bill for
and also there are supposed to be reports for these
My Comment: This may be the best
case using the
Medicare Fraud hotline
or getting a percentage of the recovery
6. [He was] "Strong enough that we were
told that it was
he was not going to die any time soon and
My Comment: Your father had a
who did not like to
come for home visits. Such a physician
7. "Another nurse in the hospice
department, and this is
information due to the fact that she requested
My Comment: a nurse can touch an
Kaiser’s style of retaliation
on its own staff prevents those who
8. .... We insisted that our father be
treated for his
demanded that a urine specimen be taken or a blood
My Comment: Your father did have a
this was a lie. The
doctor was probably the head of the Home
9. "Bear in mind that by this time there
were no less
than three people
now present when anyone from Kaiser came to
My Comment: Lying is possible when
pre-calculated risk of being
discovered is a small fraction of the
10. "Two weeks later we were informed that
wheelchair still hadn't
arrived because our father was listed as
My Comment: Putting "deceased" on
will be blamed on
an encoder and thus is another bad
11. "Three days later, a Monday, September
11, 2000 when
I arrived in
the morning to take over for the night shift
My Comment: He was allowed to
bacteremia as well as widespread
impetigo, both severe infections.
12. "My father was on oxygen and that day
New equipment was rushed to the house.
My Comment: there is no need to
respirators when you can
contract with oxygen supply groups
13. "I was threatened with arrest if I attempted to give my father any antibiotics, which I regret not doing so to this day."
My Comment: I suppose the police
called if you gave an antibiotic
to your family to try to keep your
14. "The head nurse that evening in the
laughed at us and stated 'If you don't like the
My Comment: the way you get to be
a head nurse
or medical director
in HMOs is to get with the program.
15. "Our father died a couple of hours
paramedics could not
call his death until September 12, 2000 though,
My Comment: Your father always had
physician in the background.
And paramedics are linked to
16. "The doctor that never even saw my
father wrote down
that he died
from Parkinson's Disease. Following proper
My Comment: On the death
physician must write down
the last time that this physician saw
17. "I very nicely asked Kaiser
practice of harming patients
and to perform an internal investigation.
My Comment: Kaiser has a budget of about $13 billion a year. The piggy bank can do better.
18. "Then I was told that if I continued my family would most likely receive medical retaliation."
My Comment: As for retaliation,
Kaiser is a
"mean machine." They
retaliate against anyone who gets in the
19. "So I contacted our state Board
Managed Health Care
and under duress Kaiser has supposedly
My Comment: The state of this
state is an
obligate parasite on [the
HMO] industry both for rationing care
20. "I now understand why so many highly
refuse to get
even basic medical care. This is the most
My Comment: I am considered a bit
calling HMOs Killing
Fields. It is not a wild comment by a
21. "However, if there is some quicker way
to be able to
to the authorities and perhaps those in
My Comment: I wish I could find
to be the innocent
investigator of these things.
I think that you belong at the
the Patient Bill of Rights. And when
22. "You seem to me to be a means to do
meaningful to stop
the needless deaths that are occurring.
My Final Comment: you have
identified the enemy
any many of the tricks
being used in the Art of Slow
Dr. Charles Phillips