Whistleblower nurse claims she was fired by Allina in act of retaliation


A former nurse with United Hospital in St. Paul filed suit against hospital owner Allina Health System Friday, claiming she was fired from her job in an act of retaliation after she blew the whistle on what she believed to be substandard care, the Star Tribune reports.

Sandra White, who is from Hudson, Wis., claims in her suit filed in Ramsey County District Court that "substandard care was being provided to trauma patients” at United and that “patients were dying as a result.”

White, who was was hired as a trauma program coordinator at United in April 2011, also claims key leaders at the hospital ignored and belittled her attempts to raise concern about trauma care, the Star Tribune says.

White told KSTP-TV that "there were 8-10 patient deaths that could have been avoided," if emergency room protocol was followed better at the hospital.

The woman also claims in her lawsuit that she was told by a supervisor not to take her concerns to the Minnesota Department of Health. After she contacted the agency, White claimed that United investigated her for doing so -- and she was eventually fired in Oct. 2012.

Allina denied KSTP's request for an interview.

See White's interview with KSTP below.

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