Hospital not liable for sleep-deprived intern's motor vehicle crash - ED Legal Letter - Nov 01, 2006

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Executive Editor
Larry Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Residency Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical College of Georgia

Nurse Planner
Theresa Finerty, MS, RN, CNA, BC
Emergency and Trauma Services
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Peoria, IL

Contributing Editors
Staci Kusterbeck

William Sullivan, DO, JD, FACEP, FCLM
Clinical Instructor
Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Midwestern University
Downers Grove, IL;
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dept. of Emergency Medicine
University of Illinois, Chicago;
Sullivan Law Office
Frankfort, IL

Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP
Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc.
Charlotte, NC;
Vice President
Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc.
Auburn, CA

Managing Editor
Martha Jo Dendinger
AHC Media

Editorial Group Head
Glen Harris
AHC Media


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The following individuals disclose that they have no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study: Larry Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP, (executive editor); Theresa Finerty, MS, RN, CNA, BC, (nurse planner); Staci Kusterbeck (contributing editor); William Sullivan, DO, JD, FACEP, FCLM, (contributing editor); Martha Jo Dendinger (Managing Editor) and Glen Harris (Editorial Group Head). Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, (contributing editor) discloses that he is President, Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC; and he serves on the Board of Governors and committees of the Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc., Auburn, CA.

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