[color=#333333] [h=3]md retire license in ca to avoid being charged in patients death, does not inform illinois med board, gets to keep license!
agency reprimands decatur doctor[/h] herald & review (decatur, il) - sunday, april 8, 2012
author: h&r staff report
[color=#333333]decatur - dr. marvin j. derrick , a decatur memorial hospital cardiothoracic surgeon, was disciplined by the illinois department of financial and professional regulation in february.
the department reported it received information that in april 2011, derrick was issued a letter of public reprimand by the medical board of california for failure to drain a massive pericardial effusion in one patient in 2004 that resulted in the patient's death, according to a 2009 accusation filed by the board; and failure to confirm the final sponge count in two other cases, which resulted in sponges being left in the patients' bodies after surgery.
derrick has voluntarily retired his license to practice medicine in california.
according to the department, derrick failed to report the discipline imposed by california to illinois officials.
following the reprimand in california, the illinois department of financial and professional regulation reprimanded derrick 's illinois license in february. he is still employed by the hospital and able to practice in illinois.
decatur memorial hospital issued a statement following the department's discipline.
"we have evaluated these reports and find them very inconsistent with our experience with dr. derrick at dmh," it stated. "dr.derrick has been on our medical staff since 2009, and our doctors have consistently found him to be an outstanding surgeon for the treatment of heart and lung disease. with dr. derrick 's expertise, dmh achieved the high level of performance that led to our selection as one of the nation's top 50 cardiovascular hospitals. he is an excellent surgeon, and we feel fortunate to have him at our hospital."
record number: 04081217
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