A Minnesota hospital apologized Wednesday for mishandling a stillborn baby whose body was found in linens that had been sent to an off-site laundry service. (April 17)
HEADLINE: Minn. Hospital: We mishandled baby's bodySHOTLIST:SOURCE: AP TelevisionRESTRICTIONS: AP Clients OnlyST. PAUL, Minn. - April 17, 2013.1. Wide, medium, tight shots of Regions Hospital.2. Set up shot of Chris Boese, sitting down for news conference.3. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Boese, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care at Regions Hospital: "The remains of a 22-week stillborn baby were inadvertently included in linen that we send down to the Red Wing linen facility that we use. It was found by employees at Red Wing, and they notified us of that fact.4. Shots of hospital.5. SOUNDBITE (English): Chris Boese, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care at Regions Hospital: "On behalf of Regions Hospital, we are really sorry and saddened that this event happened. We are taking a lot of steps and actions right now to understand how this did happen. And I think as we understand what might have happened we will share that with you. But I just have to share that we are really looking into things right now and are very saddened by this.6. Various shots of Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.7. SOUNDBITE (English): Chris Boese, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care at Regions Hospital: "I think as with any caregiver, which I'm a nurse, and everyone that works here, _ that's our No. 1 concern, is our patients, our family. So we're very troubled. We're deeply saddened and troubled that this happened and want to make sure that it never happens again."8. Pan of Regions Hospital. (I have additional soundbites of Boese, talking about how bodies are stored at the morgue, and how families sometimes ask the hospital to take care of the bodies of stillborns, if needed.)STORYLINE:ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A Minnesota hospital apologized Wednesday for mishandling a stillborn baby whose body was found in hospital linens that had been sent to a laundry service.Regions Hospital officials said the body found in a sheet by a laundry service employee was that of a baby who was stillborn at 22 weeks development. In a statement, the hospital said the remains had been wrapped in linens in its morgue and were mistaken for laundry that was to be sent out for cleaning.The hospital said it was notifying the family to apologize, and was offering support and counseling to employees of the laundry service."This was a terrible mistake, and we are deeply sorry," Chris Boese, the hospital's chief nursing officer, said in the statement. "We have processes in place that should have prevented this but did not. We are working to identify the gap in our system, and to make sure this does not happen again."The body was found Tuesday when it tumbled out of a bed sheet at Crothall Laundry in Red Wing, about 55 miles southeast of St. Paul, according to Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman. Laundry employees called Regions Hospital, which immediately sent workers to collect the remains.The Ramsey County medical examiner's office is expected to examine the remains.