Friday, May 24 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:47:38 GMT
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement. Stephen Stookey, 70, and Marilyn Stookey, 69, were arrested after police raided their homeMore >>
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:30 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:30:56 GMT
The City of Indianapolis has fired two employees facing a federal indictment over the Indy Land Bank scandal. In a press release Friday, the city said it terminated Reggie Walton and John Hawkins. ReggieMore >>
In a press release Friday, the city said it terminated Reggie Walton and John Hawkins.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:14 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:14:00 GMT
Simon Pagenaud turned the fastest lap on Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Friday at 225.8 mph. There was no time to waste when the track opened at 11:00 am. All 33 drivers were out Friday. RyanMore >>
Ryan Briscoe's car briefly caught on fire during Friday's practice. The safety crew put it out and Briscoe got out safely. He should still be okay to race on Sunday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:50 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:50:26 GMT
A recent increase in dog attacks on Indiana letter carriers has prompted the U.S. Postal Service to urge the state's dog owners to do a better job of keeping their canines under control. The Postal ServiceMore >>
A recent increase in dog attacks on Indiana letter carriers has prompted the U.S. Postal Service to urge the state's dog owners to do a better job of keeping their canines under control.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:59 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:59:34 GMT
A new Indiana law that will create standards of care and open opportunities for midwives is winning praise from supporters of home births. The Journal & Courier reports the law will require new regulationsMore >>
A new Indiana law that will create standards of care and open opportunities for midwives is winning praise from supporters of home births.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:55:02 GMT
Plenty of race fans will travel to Indianapolis this holiday weekend. But nationwide, the American Automobile Association predicts travel will be down slightly compared to last year. In fact, air travelMore >>
Plenty of race fans will travel to Indianapolis this holiday weekend. But nationwide, the American Automobile Association predicts travel will be down slightly compared to last year. In fact, air travel is expected drop off all summer.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:31 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:31:18 GMT
The 500 Festival Memorial Service gets underway at noon in downtown Indianapolis. The solemn ceremony honors the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for the United States. Notable guestMore >>
The 500 Festival Memorial Service gets underway at noon in downtown Indianapolis. The solemn ceremony honors the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for the United States.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:47 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:47:34 GMT
The American Legion says it's allocating $1 million to veterans affected by the Oklahoma tornado. The Indianapolis-based veterans organization announced this week the money will be used to cover relocationMore >>
The American Legion says it's allocating $1 million to veterans affected by the Oklahoma tornado.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:25 GMT
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star. The shooting happened last July at Ben Davis Park on the city's west side. Witnesses say Vincennes UniversityMore >>
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:29:00 GMT
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp. The fire happened Thursday in the town of Chesterfield just east of Anderson. Chesterfield deputy fire chiefMore >>
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp.More >>
INDIANAPOLIS - In life and death emergencies, we're told to call 911 to ensure a quick response.
But 13 Investigates has discovered parents, grandparents and other vulnerable loved ones being put at risk by Indiana nursing homes, who refuse to dial those three simple digits. One woman has already died.
The investigation uncovered an outrageous practice that allows nursing homes to call hired help miles away, instead of 911 responders around the corner.
Barbara Parcel traveled the world after spending years connecting calls, some of them emergencies. But when the former Indiana Bell telephone operator suffered a heart attack at Kindred Healthcare's Wildwood Healthcare March 5, a lax and little-known emergency guideline failed her.
"It seems to be a conflict doesn't it?," questioned Barbara's best friend, Elsie Britton.
Elsie was at Barbara's side the night in question and called nurses when her friend started gasping for air.
"When you call an ambulance, I expect them to be there shortly," she said.
But Elsie says the ambulance was a no-show. She was escorted out of the room and left to worry and wait for nearly an hour. There was no immediate ambulance ride from the nursing home to a nearby hospital, in time to save Barbara's life.
13 Investigates discovered the nursing home had never called 911, even though the closest paramedics were only five minutes away. Instead, Wildwood Healthcare called the private ambulance company it hired.
"It was a very poor decision," said Elsie.
Industry insiders tell 13 Investigates the first call to get Barbara Parcel help went to Care Ambulance around 8:15 that Saturday night. Care had just one crew working on the west side near Avon. That paramedic asked the Care dispatcher to call 911.
A 911 call would have sent firefighters from Station 43, just nine blocks from the nursing home, and the closest ambulance.
But Care scrambled another crew from its downtown headquarters still more than 20 minutes away. After Care arrived on the scene, a dispatcher finally decided to call Marion County EMS.
13 Investigates obtained that phone call:
Dispatcher: "Fire and Ambulance."
Care Ambulance: "I need a crew sent to Wildwood Healthcare Center. We do have a medic on scene. The patient is in cardiac arrest. They will need assistance."
Dispatcher: "We'll get you manpower on the way."
By the time Barbara got to the hospital, it was too late.
"I miss her very much and I wish she were here with me. I know she's looking down," said Elsie with tears welling up in her eyes.
As Barbara's friends and family grieve, 13 Investigates went looking for answers, first at Wildwood Healthcare. A man who identified himself as the director told us, "You have to leave the property. This is private property. I can't talk to you."
We were escorted out and told corporate administrators would contact us. At Care Ambulance, company spokesman Jason Howard spoke to us.
"We don't want to hide any of this. We don't want to make it a bigger issue than it's becoming. Ultimately, a patient died," Howard told 13 Investigates.
He refused to show us the company's response time records until Indiana's attorney general wraps up its investigation, but defended the crews actions.
"We got the appropriate personnel out there to best care for this patient at that time," said Howard.
"So you're telling me, leaving from this facility, going all the way to the east side, taking 20 minutes to get to a patient in cardiac arrest, when there was a fire department five minutes away, that that was the best response?," 13 Investigates Reporter Sandra Chapman responded.
"Our response times, we felt, fit into industry standards," Howard answered.
Later, Howard admitted that industry standards were eight minutes and that Care's crew time could have been nearly double that, but he wasn't sure.
"I'm really surprised that that is going on," Elsie Britton told 13 Investigates.
"It would not surprise me," said Rick Archer, the state's top investigator at the Emergency Medical Services Commission. The EMS Commission is the agency responsible for policing ambulance companies.
Archer confirms what industry sources tell 13 Investigates. Some nursing homes are calling their hired private ambulance companies for life and death emergencies, instead of 911, whether their crews are the closest or not. They've been doing it for years.
"I understand some nursing homes have some concern about calling 911, because of the disruption that having multiple responders come to the scene, has on their other patients," explained Archer.
You heard right. Nursing homes bypassing the closest life saving treatment because they don't want disruptions.
"It should make us angry," said Elsie Britton in disbelief.
"From an outside perspective looking in, that sounds bad, but there could be circumstances in which that was an appropriate response," Archer reasoned.
But how would the state know? Indiana has no rules for ambulance response times.
"There's nothing really at the state level from the State EMS Commission that says you have to send the closest ambulance," he revealed.
"There is no rule. They don't have to call the closest ambulance," 13 Investigates explained to Elsie Britton.
"That's something that needs to be changed. She should have had help right now, as quickly as she could," fired back Britton as she thought of her dear friend.
The American Heart Association says patients are most likely to survive cardiac arrest if they receive appropriate care within 4-6 minutes.
In response to our report, the EMS Commission has opened its own investigation. The paramedic who questioned the risky call has resigned over Care's handling of the call.
But Wildwood Healthcare is still refusing comment. Its parent company, Kindred Healthcare, provided the following statement:
"Resident care and safety is our number one concern. The facility has all appropriate policies and procedures in place related to patient care including those residents who experience cardiac arrest. Those policies are implemented as determined by medical professionals for the given patient at the time. The incident in question is currently under investigation. Due to regulatory constraints related to patient privacy we are not able to comment on any specifics."
Friday, May 24 2013 6:12 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:12:19 GMT
A pedestrian was seriously hurt after being struck by a police officer on the east side of Indianapolis. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and EmersonMore >>
A pedestrian was struck and killed by an IMPD officer in his police car on the east side of Indianapolis Thursday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:55:15 GMT
An act of credit card fraud has been traced back to a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. Some workers upstairs love walking downstairs for a bite at Ike and Jonesy's downtown. But they say the bite isMore >>
The owner of Ike & Jonesy's downtown says he is working to find out how the credit and debit cards of several customers and employees could have been compromised.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:04 AM EDT2013-05-24 07:04:34 GMT
Police say there are cars in the water where an interstate bridge collapsed north of Seattle Thursday night. Washington State Patrol told affiliate KING-TV the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit RiverMore >>
Police say there are no fatalities after cars fell into a Washington river after an interstate bridge collapsed north of Seattle Thursday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:15 AM EDT2013-05-24 08:15:20 GMT
Indianapolis has slipped one spot among the nation's most populous cities to No. 13. The U.S. Census Bureau says new census estimates show the Circle City slipped from No. 12 during the year that endedMore >>
Indianapolis has slipped one spot among the nation's most populous cities to No. 13.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:34 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:34:10 GMT
Indiana State Police want the public's help in looking out for items outdoors possibly linked to the slaying of an 85-year-old retired farmer in rural western Indiana nearly six months ago. DetectivesMore >>
Indiana State Police want the public's help in looking out for items outdoors possibly linked to the slaying of an 85-year-old retired farmer in rural western Indiana nearly six months ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:54 PM EDT2013-05-24 00:54:25 GMT
A woman suffered only minor injuries after getting stuck under a semi while driving on Interstate 70 Thursday evening. State police say the woman was driving west on I-70 when she lost control for unknownMore >>
A woman suffered a laceration on her arm and other injuries after getting stuck under a semi while driving on Interstate 70 Thursday evening.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:20:10 GMT
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry. Indianapolis-basedMore >>
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:30 AM EDT2013-05-24 07:30:19 GMT
Shoppers in the U.S. will soon have more information about where their meat comes from after new federal labeling rules went into effect Thursday. The rules require labels on steaks, ribs and other cutsMore >>
Shoppers in the U.S. will soon have more information about where their meat comes from after new federal labeling rules went into effect Thursday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:17 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:17:03 GMT
The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 is set for Sunday. But today could be called the official kickoff of race weekend. "Carb Day" at the Motor Speedway signals the final practice for the drivers whoMore >>
Today could be called the official kickoff of race weekend. "Carb Day" at the Motor Speedway signals the final practice for the drivers who will line up for Sunday's Indy 500.More >>