DHMC clinic in Manchester, doctor accused of malpractice in heart attack death go on trial

MANCHESTER — A medical malpractice trial that started Monday in Hillsborough County Superior Court hinges on whether an ambulance should have turned on its lights and sirens.

If Dr. Jennifer T. Jones, the chief of internal medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center clinic in Manchester, had followed the proper standard of care, she would have called 911 and told the ambulance to rush patient Christie Miville — with lights and siren — to the hospital, according to the lawyer suing Jones and Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Miville, who was 37, had just finished an EKG test in Jones’ office, and Jones had hand-written a note on the results questioning if the Bedford resident was suffering from poor blood flow to her heart. Jones decided on further tests at Catholic Medical Center that evening.

Jones’ staff called an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support ambulance, but told them it was not an emergency. The ambulance followed the flow of rush-hour traffic, spent time at Jones’ office reading vitals and getting instructions. It took 22 minutes to go the four miles to CMC.  READ MORE >>