Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center has denied any negligence in the death of a 26-year-old doctor whose family is suing the facility for malpractice.
Dr. Jennifer Sidari, who graduated on May 11 from the first class of The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, died on May 29 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where she was to begin her first year of residency as a pediatrician the following July. Her family sued Geisinger last month, stating attending doctors and staff failed to follow “some of the most basic and fundamental principles in medicine.”
“To the contrary, the medical services provided to Jennifer Sidari M.D. were in all respects rendered in a timely and appropriate fashion and in accordance with the accepted standard of medical care in the community,” hospital lawyers wrote in paperwork filed Monday in Luzerne County Court.
Her family said the West Pittston woman went to Geisinger Wyoming Valley on May 26 to seek treatment for headaches. In a suit filed last month, they argue the hospital was understaffed for the Memorial Day holiday, and it wasn’t until May 28 that someone from the center’s neurology services saw her and a CT scan of her head and brain was ordered.
Sidari was transferred to Danville by ambulance and died there of a blood clot in her brain.
Geisinger’s lawyers go on to suggest that the discovery process may reveal she had a pre-existing condition, and the family’s claims are barred by a statute of limitations.