Quaid reaches settlement with hospital over errors

Pia Christensen

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If you attended Health Journalism 2008 in March, you likely heard actor Dennis Quaid give an emotional talk about the medication error that nearly killed his newborn twins.

Dennis Quaid speaks to attendees at Health Journalism 2008 in Arlington, Va., in March. Photo: Carrie Devorah

Dennis Quaid speaks to attendees at AHCJ's annual conference, Health Journalism 2008 in Arlington, Va., in March. Photo: Carrie Devorah

During the talk, Quaid said he was considering a suit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where the twins had received a dose of the blood thinner heparin that was 1,000 times what they should have gotten.

The Los Angeles Times reports today that Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, have reached a $750,000 settlement with the hospital. The Times says that “Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was not sued, though the hospital was described in a court filing as a ‘potential defendant.'”

The couple still has a suit pending against Baxter Healthcare Corp., which made the heparin. The Quaids started the Quaid Foundation in hopes of raising the standard of patient care and reducing errors in hospitals.

Reminder: Health Journalism 2009 will be in Seattle, April 16-19.

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