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After my suicide attempt at UBH, the staff had me transported to a Denton hospital. After a friend of mine suggested I was Care Flighted to Parkland in Dallas where I was in ICU 8 days, that suggestion saved my life. After several operations I was moved to Zale Lipshy to begin rehab that would last a couple of years. The skill of Neuro Surgeon Howard Morgan minimized my brain damage. That was the only area minimized. I had severely diminished my cognitive skills. Weeks at Zale before I was released, several attempts as an outpatient, another attempted suicide, a couple of extended stays in psyche wards and finally a 5 month session at Center for Neuro Skills in Irving. My duration at CNS was the most productive and tedious. My friends and acquaintances fell to the wayside. My wife did the best she knew how. My children were traumatized and scared beyond words. Still are to this day. My lawyer Michael Hindman stood by my side with Blind Faith. He did the best he could in one of the toughest situations imaginable. My story began at my November 28th trial in Denton. Since July of 2015 my wife has filed for divorce, my children are splintered and I am trying to keep what family I have left together. I live on Disability which is reduced 50% by divorce support rulings. I’m making headway with my children and trying to reinvent my career after 33years in the field of athletic strength & conditioning. I’m working on my physical health with physical limitations from the building collapse. I’m managing my PTSD with therapy and medication. I learned first hand the poor state of mental health care and the negative connotations that follow it. In my rehabilitation process I watched a PBS broadcast about our mental health system. It was sponsored by the Haliburton family. In the broadcast they told a personal story that ended tragically. If a family with the means for unlimited help can’t find appropriate help, our country’s state of mental health illness is devastated.

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I got a text message the other day from someone who asked me if I had given up on my blog, and why no one was posting anything on it anymore.  No, I haven’t given up on my blog.  Yes, I’m still here. Yes I’m still helping people who contact me at info@ubhdentonsucks.com   But, I have been quiet.  And I’ll explain the two reasons for that.

The biggest reason is to give the legal system time to handle all the lawsuits filed against this facility.  Click here to see a list of those.  As of this writing several of the lawsuits are still open and winding their way through the slow and arduous process of discovery, taking depositions, etc.  I’m surprised I haven’t already been subpoenaed for those, but, then again I seriously doubt that the lawyers for the hospital want what I know, saw and heard in the formal record.  In any case, I did not want to post anything on this blog that could have any bearing on the outcomes of those cases.

The other reason is I have slowly and steadily recovered from my ordeal and I’ve tried to put it behind me.  Life has moved on in very pleasant directions, and I find that dwelling on the past isn’t helpful to me.  But, I fought too long and too hard to keep this blog to abandon it.  I still keep an eye on it and I read all the comments that people post.

I still care and want to see justice done, but sadly it’s just not going to be because the parent company of the hospital has more money than God.   Universal Health Services is a Fortune 500 company.  In 2014 they did over $8.5 billion in revenue, grossing about a half a billion in net profit.  So all these legal bills, all the court costs, etc?  Those are nothing but budget dust for them!

If they gave each of the victims with lawsuits pending $1 million, that would represent .8% of their 2014 profits.  Now $4 million sounds like a lot until you put it in dollars that us regular folks can relate to.  Suppose you made $100,000 a year and had to pay out lawsuit verdicts that represented .8% of your income.  That would be a whopping $800.   You really wouldn’t notice that amount after it’s all said and done.

However, the wrongful death cases probably won’t yield $1 million apiece.   The plaintiffs will be lucky to get $500,000 apiece is my best guess.  But, we’ll never know what these suits yield for the grieving families because they will all ultimately settle out of court, allowing all the horrid things that happened to be sealed up in a nondisclosure agreement never to be discussed again.

Where Are They Now?

The mastermind behind UBH cashed in his chips years ago and made a killing.   Yes, Dr. Richard Kresch has started another mega-venture — US HealthVest and he’s opening up more hospitals around the country.   Other than an unpleasant legal bill or two, it seems I didn’t really make much of a difference in his behavior.  Oh well.

A cursory look on LinkedIn shows that there’s lots of new faces on the UBH leadership team.  It is my sincerest wish that they can and will fix the problems that I and others encountered.  Meanwhile the CEO who was running UBH has been hired by none other than US HealthVest.  Go figure!

Can’t find much online about Dr. Atique Khan.  Physician ranking sites continue to show pretty poor patient satisfaction ratings, which doesn’t surprise me.

So, that’s about all the news I have for now.  I’ll of course post when there is more.

Every year WordPress sends me a report on my blogging activity for the year.  I got the report today.  I had only two new posts all year.  I thought I had written more but I hadn’t.  Yes, the hospital and its lawyers clearly succeeded in scaring the hell out of me enough that I am simply afraid to post anything new.  The horror stories still come in… the frantic e-mails and phone calls still happen…I’m just too chicken shit to post them.  I feel somewhat like a failure in that regard.

Then again, I look at my post stats.  In 2014 this blog had over 14,000 views!  That means that what I wrote in the past is still being read, and based on the e-mails and phone calls I get, it’s clearly making a difference for some people.  I’m relieved that my lawsuit and the entire ordeal I went through was not in vain.  I’ve helped some people, and for that I am happy and just a little bit proud.  At the rate this blog is being viewed, we will surpass 100,000 views in 2015.  People DO pay attention to this and DO read it.

My biggest regret, though, is that the horror stories do continue to flow in.  I had hoped that under new ownership, the hospitals might get better.  It doesn’t sound like much has changed.  Meanwhile Dr. Kresch has gone on to start yet another money machine at US Healthvest.  Yes, the same person who started UBH Denton is opening facilities in other states.  Money has no conscience I suppose.

I stay in touch with so many people I met through the process of creating this blog.  Some of them have become my friends.  They have recovered from their experiences as best they can and moved on.  Some of them have lawsuits that continue to drag through the legal system at a snail’s pace, and I wonder if there will ever be any justice for them.  I can only hope.

I wish you much peace and prosperity in 2015.  Keep in touch with me at info@ubhdentonsucks.com

 

An investigative reporter for a national news network would like to speak to anyone who previously worked for either hospital, or, who currently works for them.  And of course, anyone with experience as a patient would also be of interest to him.

You are NOT required to go through with an interview just by talking to the reporter.  He will simply want to discuss with you what happened and what you have to share, and then if he determines that you could contribute to the story in a meaningful way the two of you will work out the interview details.  The good news is that this reporter is willing to mask your identity, if necessary, for your protection.

If you are interested in talking with him, send your name and contact information to us at info@ubhdentonsucks.com    We will forward your information on to him.

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Posted: July 29, 2013 in Stories from Other People
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I have thoroughly enjoyed helping each and every person who asked me for help with their situation regarding UBH Denton.  As much as I hated seeing anyone go through the nightmare that I went through, it was vindicating to know that it wasn’t “just me.”

But, please please please…. if you are dealing with UBH at this point in time, do NOT write me or post any comments to my blog.  You see, Mr. John Dozier, of www.cybertriallawyer.com, thinks it’s all in good fun to name everyone who posted something that Richard Kresch and Atique Khan didn’t like as co-defendants in the lawsuit against me.  If you post anything on this blog, even as an innocent comment, you could ultimately be named as a co-defendant as well.  Don’t risk it.

IF you need help or advice, please e-mail me at info@ubhdentonsucks.com with your phone number and ask me to call you.  I will call you back as soon as I can, and then I can give you the name of an attorney who will help you, and, I can answer any questions you have.  But, do NOT write anything on my blog as a comment, please.  You are leaving yourself wide open to have John Dozier try to make an example out of you and I’d hate to see you have to spend the kind of cash I’m spending on a lawyer just because you feel the need to tell the truth about this “hospital.”  I just have to put that word in quotes because it’s NOT a real hospital in the medical sense of the word, IN MY OPINION, WHICH I AM STILL ENTITLED TO.  

As much as I hated seeing anyone else go through the hell that I went through, it has been a pleasure to help everyone who needed me when they had a loved one stuck in this “hospital.”  It made something positive come out of my experience.  And, if I lose the lawsuit?  I still win, for two reasons:

1.  I’ve managed to show the true colors of UBH and Ascend and Richard Kresch and John “Bull-y” Dozier.  (Yes, John, I’m calling you a bully.  Because IN MY OPINION WHICH I AM STILL ENTITLED TO, I think you are one.)
2.  I know, in my heart, I did the right thing the entire way through, and, I did it for the right reasons.

This post, and this entire website, is dedicated to Jack. 

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” — Winston Churchill

Four weeks ago today I got smacked upside the head with the lawsuit.   I confess…the first few days I was in shock.  It’s embarrassing, frightening, and unnerving on a good day, but even moreso if you are flying to another continent 12 hours after being served.  Trust me, that is one miserable plane ride.   But, eventually I found a wonderful group of attorneys to represent me and the rest of my trip was delightful and I haven’t lost too much sleep over it since.

As I have proven having survived the last 4+ years, what doesn’t kill me just makes me stronger.   This lawsuit experience is no different.  It’s going to be messy and expensive, but, it’s going to allow the truth to finally get its pants on and catch up to everyone who needs to hear it.  As my buddy Winston C. would say….

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

Meanwhile, I’m finding lots more great quotes from Winston Churchill that seem to apply to this situation and I’m enjoying reading more and more about him.  Here’s another one I am very fond of:

“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!”

Okay, I won’t!