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American Sleep Apnea Association comes out swinging against Holy Family Hospital


Helen-Bousquet The American Sleep Apnea Association, the only association in America that is aimed at caring for sleep apnea patients, has written a very direct letter to the son of Helen Marie Bousquet regarding her passing on October 5th, 2012, at The Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts.

 They have also put her on the home page of their website, www.sleepapnea.org.

 A non-profit organization completely independent of both Evans and the hospital, the American Sleep Apnea Association, after an independent review of the facts, believe that the hospital did not care for Mrs. Bousquet in the manner that it should have.

 “One by one, every organization will likely come to the same conclusion,” says her son, Brian Evans. Evans filed another complaint this weekend with the Office of The Inspector General.

 “All I can do is what I’m doing. I can’t bring her back, but I can make sure other people know what happened,” he says.

 Evans is also meeting with the CEO of LeapFrog Group, the organization that rates Holy Family Hospital, this week.

 “I intend to discuss them implementing “Helen’s Rule,” as part of their rating system, to make certain that prior to rating patients, they must have treatment plans in place for sleep apnea patients like my mother. I also intend on discussing implementing an electronic system that makes a record of the time a patient clicks that nurse-call button, and the time it takes them to respond, if one is not already in place,” he says. “My mother was in that room for over an hour, according to what we were told in the ICU, without anyone checking on her. That’s despite the hospital and all of her doctors knowing she had a heart condition, sleep apnea, was on morphine, and given her own morphine clicker as they walked away from the room without monitoring her in any way. Even if she were in distress, she couldn’t do anything because she was laid up in her bed with her leg completely wrapped up after just having knee replacement surgery. She was trapped with no one knowing anything was going on in that room.”

 Evans has since initiated a memorial tree and plaque in Haverhill, and is asking Hampton, NH officials to place an “Honor” sign beneath “M” street in Hampton Beach. She is featured in the music video “At Fenway,” that she co-produced with Brian, which will debut in April. The video is also dedicated to her. A movie preview for the music video will debut in theatres across America on December 21st in all AMC theatres. Profits will go to his mother’s favorite charities.

 “I will never make money from my mother. That’s all there is to that. One day I will see her again, and when I do, she will know I did not sell her out, ever.”

 Evans also received a letter from LeapFrog after he complained about the Holy Family putting a press release out on the news section of their website the very month the hospital knew it was being investigated by practically every agency with an initial. LeapFrog wrote to Evans that the November 28th press release that Holy Family put out was based on date from 2011, and not recent.

 “It’s called PR, and I’ve been in the (entertainment) business long enough to know what they are up to, and I won’t let it fly.”

 Actor Tom Hanks is recording an introduction voice-over that will be on helenbousquet.com this month, welcoming visitors to her website.

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover Massachusetts, a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, a 1990 Police Survivor and hosts the Paying Attention! Radio Program on 980WCAP in Lowell, Massachusetts. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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21 Responses to American Sleep Apnea Association comes out swinging against Holy Family Hospital

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  2. Edward Grandi Reply

    December 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Mr. Duggan,

    I am writing on behalf of the American Sleep Apnea Association and as the author of the letter to Mr. Evans concerning the death of his mother Helen Bousquet.

    The article above has a factual error that needs to be corrected.

    In the third paragraph the following appears “… the American Sleep Apnea Association, after an independent review of the facts, believe that the hospital did not care for Mrs. Bousquet in the manner that it should have.”

    The only information the association received concerning the circumstances of Mrs. Bousquet’s experience in the hospital was from her son Brian Evans. We have not received any reports from the hospital or any regulatory body that may be investigating what happened.

    The association as a patient advocacy organization is concerned about the well being of all sleep apnea patients. We makes recommendations on how patients can improve their hospital experience such as having PAP therapy available while they are in recovery. These recommendations are subject to approval of the hospital and the treating physicians.

    We are not an investigating or regulatory agency and therefore not qualified to make any statements regarding the quality of care received by Mrs. Bousqet or whether it was appropriate or not.

    A copy of this reply will be posted on the association’s web site and social media sites in the efforts to avoid any confusion.

    We are sad for Mr. Evans loss. But we are not in a position to make any pronouncements about hospital policies and practices regardless of what information we receive. That is beyond the scope of the association.

    Thank you for publishing this reply.

    Edward Grandi
    Executive Director
    American Sleep Apnea Association

  3. Brian Evans Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Second that.

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