DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Suzanne Hopkins says her husband had spinal surgery on October 13, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
To continue his recovery, a caseworker arranged for him to go to the Stonemere Rehabilitation Center in Frisco. The facility is not only close to the Hopkins home, but relatives as well.
Expecting the caseworker to give them directions and specific appointment times Susanne Hopkins said the news was anything but. “When she came back she sort of smiled, hemmed and hawed and said, ‘well unfortunately Stonemere won’t take you.'” Hopkins recalled. “She said they wouldn’t take anybody from Presby and she heard that in the meeting.”
Stonemere’s administrator strongly denies that Hopkins’ surgery at Presbyterian Hospital had anything to do with their decision not to accept him for rehab. But the woman who spoke with CBS 11 News wouldn’t tell reporter Jack Fink why he they denied him.
Hopkins says her husband’s caseworker next tried to get him into the Remington Medical Resorts in Richardson. “She said, ‘no, they’re not accepting transfers from there either.'”
A spokesman for Remington Medical Resorts told Jack –
“We’re not in a position to treat anyone who’s been at a hospital where healthcare workers were exposed to the Ebola virus. We cannot provide that care at this time.”
Hopkins says her husband will receive rehab at Presbyterian Hospital — which is much farther away from home than the other two sites. “They’re healthcare professionals in those facilities and by refusing to take people from the Presbyterian complex in Dallas, they’re perpetuating the myth that this [Ebola] is in the air.”
Hopkins says before her husband’s surgery Monday, his doctor reassured her it was safe to have the procedure and that he wouldn’t put himself or his family at risk performing the operation.
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