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Media Frenzy Over Sara Nome Story
All Her Visitors Monitored By Kaiser
"I Feel Like I Am a Prisoner On Death Row"
By Jim Scanlon

Reporters Milling Around Hospital
ANSWERING MACHINE: "Mailbox One. You have one new message:
SARAH: " Jim, This is Sarah Nome, You know they have taken away my television and they don't give me my newspaper. I don't know what is going on! The nurse just came in and told me that there are reporters milling around outside the hospital and they won't let them in! And especially, they don't want them to have my picture. They don't want me to be interviewed. What in the world is going on? I don't know? Haven't seen any stories, nothing. Hope you can find out. Goodbye."
ANSWERING MACHINE: "Fri-day-five-four-tee-five-end of messages"
Nome told the Coastal Post on Monday, February 21 that she was very upset and doesn't have a clear memory of what happened Friday night. She referred us to her daughter who was there at the time.
Sarah said that she does remember that a public relations person tried to prevent reporters from speaking to her and remained with her at her bedside all the time. Yesterday, Sunday, three old friends came to visited her and a Kaiser official insisted on being with them as a monitor. She said she believes her telephone conversations are being monitored which is probably a violation of federal law. "I feel like a am a prisoner on death row"
Media Frenzy
Administration officials at
Kaiser Hospital may have removed Sarah's television set from, and stopped providing a newspaper to, Room 502, but on Friday night February 18, television cameras and newspaper reporters crowded into Room 502 under near riot conditions!
Janie Sands, Sarah's daughter said that she was frightened and upset when she got to Room 502 Friday night and found a loud noisy crowd including two security guards and an apparently disturbed woman shouting "Sarah Nome" "Sarah Nome" repeatedly into her cell phone while emptying the contents of her purse on the floor apparently looking for a pen. She never was able to determine who the woman was but from the way the security guard reacted to her she seemed to be a Kaiser Hospital Official. Others were shouting as she elbowed her way into Room 502 to find her mother on camera.
She was told that
Kaiser Hospital would monitor all interviews with the press and and also that sever news organizations had complained because they were not allowed to interview her mother.
Sands also said she had heard that the reason so many reporters had gathered outside the hospital earlier was that there had been a rumor that her mother would be evicted that evening, which, of course, did not happen.
A Google search for Sarah Nome on Sunday got no hits. A similar search on Monday 2/21 got 227,000. Although some like "The Nome Nugget" from
Nome Alaska clearly are not relevant, most were. From all over the country and Singapore and Scotland. The media does feed off itself! Sarah said that she received a telephone call from someone in Davenport Iowa who had seen the program and one from Chicago and another from the East Coast.
One caller from
Indiana said she was involved in a similar case and the Attorney General of her state got involved. She promised to have the Attorney General of her state call the Attorney General of California.
A Key Question
One article in the San Jose Mercury News quoted a Kaiser attorney saying that Sarah was originally admitted to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation. This point is extremely important as it has never been revealed who in the nursing home Sarah was suing called the ambulance to have her taken to the hospital and who was the admitting physician and what was that physician's diagnosis.
If she was admitted for psychiatric reasons, and this information was revealed by the attorney, that would seem to be a clear violation of law and if there was some other reason for the admission, such a statement might constitute libel.
The saga of Sarah Nome and
Kaiser Hospital will obviously take a long time to work itself out.
Our Media At Work
Here is a sample of 10 or the 177 results of a refined search, within Google News.
Woman refuses to leave hospital Discharge papers issued a year ago ...
Whittier Daily News, CA - Feb. 17, 2005
Discharge papers issued a year ago By Brian Skoloff, Associated Press It's been more than a year since Sarah Nome was deemed healthy and given her discharge ...
Woman still occupies bed at Kaiser after eviction ruling
Marin Independent-Journal, CA -
Feb. 17, 2005
... its
San Rafael hospital. But the patient, Sarah Nome, still occupies a bed as she has for the past year. Kaiser officials say they ...
Marin Woman Refuses to
Leave Hospital
KPIX-TV 5, CA -
Feb. 18, 2005
Sarah Nome is a woman without a home. ... In the meantime time ticks away for Sarah Nome, sitting in her bed at a cost of over $3000 a day.
Doctors win eviction order
Scotsman,
UK - Feb. 17, 2005
A Superior Court judge has ruled that Sarah Nome, 82, who needs no medical attention but who has run up a care bill of $1.15 million (600,000) ...
ABC News
Woman Overstays Hospital Stay by a Year
ABC News -
Feb. 16, 2005
Sarah Nome, 82, from
San Anselmo, Calif., writes in bed in her room at Kaiser Permanent Medical Center in San Rafael, Ca...
Electric New Paper
In hospital for a year
Electric New
Paper, Singapore - Feb. 18, 2005
MORE than a year after Ms Sarah Nome was deemed healthy and given her discharge papers, the 82-year-old woman stubbornly refuses to leave her hospital bed. ...
Woman Overstays Hospital Stay by a Year
ABC News -
Feb. 16, 2005
Feb. 16, 2005 - More than a year after Sarah Nome was deemed healthy and given her discharge papers, the 82-year-old woman stubbornly refuses to leave her ...
Woman refuses to leave hospital after being discharged a year ago
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) -
Feb. 16, 2005
It's been more than a year since Sarah Nome was deemed healthy and given her discharge papers. Yet $1 million in unpaid medical ...
Patient: `I just have nowhere to go.'
Woman refuses to leave hospital even though she's fine
WCNC (subscription), NC -
Feb. 16, 2005
It's been more than a year since Sarah Nome was told she could leave the hospital. But she says she has nowhere else to go, so she remains in her hospital bed...

 

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