"But it is unusual for there to be so much media attention around a lawsuit, and for a city of our size, it is what it is." And while she declined to comment on the lawsuit, she urged reporters covering the story not to take the lawsuit's claims as truth, "as a lot of reporters have assumed."
Malice for Patients Alleged
An attorney for two of the plaintiffs, Kay Van Wey of Dallas, said in an interview Wednesday that the case against Baylor Plano is about a lack of credentialing integrity.
She is trying to make the case under Texas law that Baylor Plano's failure to stop Duntsch through its credentialing process and peer review, constitutes malice, or "the intent to harm."
"This is a very big deal, especially because of the sheer number of people who were harmed in such a short period of time," she says.
"The problem we have here in Texas, and I'm sure other states have it as well, is that we've given hospitals free reign over credentialing decisions. And this case demonstrates very clearly how vitally important to patients health credentialing is.
"This wasn't just about Baylor. After (Baylor Plano) allowed (Duntsch) to resign and gave him a favorable recommendation, that allowed him to go to hospital number 2, and then number 3, and then 4, and kill and maim other patients."
On Feb. 13, Van Wey filed an 86-page complaint against Baylor Plano in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas detailing horrifying behaviors colleagues witnessed in Duntsch at the hospital.