The Richmond Register

April 8, 2013

Husband claims hospital is liable in death of wife

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — The husband of a woman who died last year after being treated at Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center has filed a wrongful death suit against the hospital.

Roger Harrison, acting as the administrator for the estate of Patricia Harrison, also is suing two physicians, Dr. Ted R. Qualls and Dr. Raymond C. Jackson. The medical provider the physicians worked for at the time of Harrison’s death, MESA Medical Group, is named as a defendant.

Patricia Harrison was 70 when she died March 20, 2012, according to her obituary. She had been a greeter at the Richmond Walmart for eight years.

The lawsuit states Harrison became a patient at the Richmond hospital March 19, 2012.

Roger Harrison alleges that the hospital and physicians “failed to exercise the degree of care and skill that would be expected of an ordinarily prudent or reasonably competent physician or health care provider under like or similar circumstances.”

The court documents do not provide information about Harrison’s ailment or diagnosis.

The care Patricia Harrison received at the hospital was a “substantial factor” in causing injury and death, the lawsuit claims.

Roger Harrison is asking the court for compensation for his wife’s medical expenses, severe physical pain and mental anguish, extreme emotional distress and funeral expenses.

He also is suing as an individual and asking for damages since he was deprived of his wife’s consortium and companionship.

The hospital has responded to the lawsuit, denying the allegations and asserting the claims fall outside the statute of limitations, among other defenses, according to court documents.

Roger Harrison is being represented by attorney Stephen Harrison III. The case has been assigned to Judge William G. Clouse and no court dates have been set yet.


Civil trial against hospital starts Monday

A 2006 civil suit filed against Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center and medical staffers alleging malpractice is set for trial Monday in Madison Circuit Court.

Linda Mitchell, the plaintiff, is suing in her capacity as the legal guardian of Chandice Renee Mitchell. Linda Mitchell claims that because of the hospital and staffers’ negligence, the child suffered permanent injury at the time of her delivery in 1996.

After more than seven years in the court system, the case is scheduled for trial starting Monday at 9 a.m.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at or 624-6694.