Dr. Drew Defends Self, Hospital Over Patient Deaths
August 22, 2008 at 5:36 AM (PT)
WESTWOOD ONE "LOVELINE" co-host and MT. WILSON FM BROADCASTERS Talk KGIL-A/LOS ANGELES host DR. DREW PINSKY is defending his "day job" hospital against allegations that the rehab program of which he is co-director was responsible for two patient deaths due to drug overdoses in the last five months. The hospital has also experienced an additional patient death and a rape in the same time period elsewhere at the facility.
PINSKY, co-medical director of the chemical dependency program at AURORA LAS ENCINAS HOSPITAL in PASADENA, told the LOS ANGELES TIMES that AURORA LAS ENCINAS is "an excellent hospital" and that "My heart is broken about these cases," but that "I'm not being investigated for anything." The TIMES said that PINSKY repeatedly noted that he was not the doctor for any of the reported cases; state health inspectors have faulted the hospital in the two clinic deaths.
When they assume positions of leadership, that's their responsibility -- to make sure the level of care is medically appropriate, safe and competent.
"It's not my hospital," PINSKY told the paper, calling it a "bizarre misconception" that he is being associated with the facility. "We make a point of not promoting the fact ... that we work there." He said he was unaware that he was the only physician with a photo on the hospital's website home page. VH1's website, promoting his "CELEBRITY REHAB WITH DR. DREW" television show, also mentions PINSKY's affiliation with the hospital.
ARLINE CLYBURN, the mother of a young man who died of a drug overdose at the hospital on APRIL 14th, said THURSDAY that PINSKY bears some responsibility for her son ALEX's death, charging, "When they assume positions of leadership, that's their responsibility -- to make sure the level of care is medically appropriate, safe and competent."
ALEX CLYBURN, who his mother said chose the hospital for rehab due to PINSKY's appearances on his TV show; she said that ALEX showed the program to her and her husband and "said, 'Look, he's so successful.' He has a reputation of being the expert in his field. And we figured if he was an expert, he would direct the care of his program to be competent."