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Monday, December 7, 2009

"Sorry Works" At Work in Rhode Island

Jane Genova reports on a story out of Rhode Island:  Actor James Woods had been in a bitter lawsuit with Kent Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island over the death of his brother in 2006.   As the Providence Journal reports:

When Kent Hospital President Sandra L. Coletta had dinner with actor James Woods Monday night and apologized for her hospital’s role in his brother’s death, Coletta said she was just following her gut, treating a grieving brother the way she’d want to be treated herself.

That apology led to a startling turnaround in what had been an increasingly bitter lawsuit over the 2006 death of Michael Woods from a heart attack in the Warwick hospital’s emergency room.

Less than 24 hours after the dinner, Coletta, Woods and his mother were standing next to each other, announcing the withdrawal of the suit and the creation of the Michael J. Woods Institute to help reorganize the hospital to better serve its patients.


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