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UI Health Works denies lawsuit's charges

BY CASSIDY RILEY | MARCH 05, 2013 5:00 AM

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The University of Iowa Health Works, an affiliate of the UI Hospitals & Clinics, responded to a woman’s lawsuit by denying all charges against it and demanding a trial by jury.

Barbara Gericke of Tiffin filed a lawsuit against UI Health Works in early February for care she allegedly received at the facility for an injured right knee. X-rays allegedly interpreted by nurse practitioner Tracie Abbot revealed a possible bone cyst in the tibia.

The X-rays were reportedly sent to the UIHC Radiology Department for further examination.

People there also allegedly noticed the cyst.  

But Gericke said she was never informed of either diagnosis. More than a year later, she sought treatment from a local doctor for pain in the same knee. A series of tests allegedly found the lesion had grown, and she was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer.

Shortly after diagnosis, Gericke had to undergo an amputation above the knee.

Gericke has charged UI Health Works with negligence and “violations against standards of care.” UI Health Works responded to the charges on Feb. 28 by denying all charges.


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