Florida Senate - 2012 (NP) SB 70 By Senator Storms 10-00194-12 201270__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act for the relief of Kristi Mellen as personal 3 representative of the Estate of Michael Munson, 4 deceased, by the North Broward Hospital District; 5 providing for an appropriation to compensate the 6 estate and the statutory survivors, Kristi Mellen, 7 surviving spouse, and Michael Conner Munson and 8 Corinne Keller Munson, surviving minor son and 9 surviving minor daughter, for the wrongful death of 10 Michael Munson as a result of the negligence of the 11 North Broward Hospital District; providing a 12 limitation on the payment of fees and costs; providing 13 an effective date. 14 15 WHEREAS, on September 21, 2008, while spending the morning 16 with his family, Michael Munson, a 49-year-old accountant and 17 attorney, began to experience signs and symptoms of a heart 18 attack including burning in his chest, indigestion, and 19 radiating pain into his arms, along with severe shortness of 20 breath, and 21 WHEREAS, Kristi Mellen, his wife, drove her husband 22 immediately to Coral Springs Medical Center, which is a hospital 23 owned and operated by the North Broward Hospital District, and 24 dropped him off at the entrance to the emergency center, and 25 WHEREAS, Mr. Munson was evaluated by Lynn Parpard, the 26 triage nurse, who was informed of the burning in his chest, 27 indigestion, and radiating pain into his arms, along with severe 28 shortness of breath, and 29 WHEREAS, Ms. Parpard took an initial set of vital signs and 30 misdiagnosed Mr. Munson as suffering from an anxiety attack and 31 sent him into the waiting room, and 32 WHEREAS, Ms. Parpard violated the appropriate standards of 33 care and breached the hospital’s policies and procedures 34 including its Chest Pain Protocol, and 35 WHEREAS, Mr. Munson was then processed by an administrative 36 assistant who, upon hearing his symptoms, asked Ms. Parpard to 37 address the patient’s complaints, given the Chest Pain Protocol 38 that existed, and 39 WHEREAS, Ms. Parpard once again dismissed Mr. Munson’s 40 complaints and asked him to return to the waiting room for a 41 second time, and 42 WHEREAS, shortly thereafter, Mr. Munson suffered a massive 43 heart attack as he collapsed in the waiting room and was taken 44 back into the treatment area, and 45 WHEREAS, all of the facts and circumstances described in 46 this preamble were recorded by one of the hospital’s security 47 cameras, and 48 WHEREAS, medical personnel were unable to resuscitate Mr. 49 Munson, and he died on September 21, 2008, at 12:10 p.m., 50 leaving behind Kristi, his wife of 20 years, and their two minor 51 children, who, at the time, were ages 14 and 17, and 52 WHEREAS, the hospital’s investigation into this 53 circumstance determined that Ms. Parpard’s triage of the patient 54 was inadequate and inappropriate, and, as a result, Ms. Parpard 55 was terminated from her employment with Coral Springs Medical 56 Center, and 57 WHEREAS, a tort claim was filed on behalf of Kristi Mellen, 58 as personal representative of the Estate of Michael Munson, Case 59 No. 09-036106 (02) in the Circuit Court of the Seventeenth 60 Judicial Circuit of Florida, and 61 WHEREAS, Kristi Mellen, as personal representative of the 62 Estate of Michael Munson, and the North Broward Hospital 63 District did agree to amicably settle this matter, and 64 WHEREAS, a specific condition of the settlement was that 65 the North Broward Hospital District would permit the entry of a 66 consent judgment in the amount of $3 million, and 67 WHEREAS, the North Broward Hospital District has paid the 68 statutory limit of $200,000 to the Estate of Michael Munson, 69 pursuant to s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and 70 WHEREAS, the North Broward Hospital District has agreed to 71 fully cooperate and promote the passage of this claim bill in 72 the amount of $2.8 million, NOW, THEREFORE, 73 74 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 75 76 Section 1. The facts stated in the preamble to this act are 77 found and declared to be true. 78 Section 2. The North Broward Hospital District is 79 authorized and directed to appropriate from funds of the 80 district not otherwise appropriated, including insurance, and to 81 draw a warrant payable to Kristi Mellen, as personal 82 representative of the Estate of Michael Munson, in the sum of 83 $2.8 million as compensation for the death of Michael Munson. 84 Section 3. The amount paid by the North Broward Hospital 85 District pursuant to s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and the amount 86 awarded under this act are intended to provide the sole 87 compensation for all present and future claims arising out of 88 the factual situation described in this act which resulted in 89 the death of Michael Munson. The total amount paid for 90 attorney’s fees, lobbying fees, costs, and other similar 91 expenses relating to this claim may not exceed 25 percent of the 92 amount awarded under this act. 93 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.