It was a Monday afternoon in mid-September of 2001.
I was an emergency room physician in New York City.
I had just started a two-year fellowship in the emergency department of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
The hospital was still reeling from the September 11 attacks.
It was my first day there.
I felt the worst.
I saw so many people who I never saw before, people who were sick, who I hadn’t seen in over a decade.
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
The next day, I got an email from a colleague in Memphis who was a colleague of mine in the hospital.
She said, “I can’t believe you were there.”
The email came from Dr. Frank Carpani, who was then a professor of pediatrics at Columbia University in New Orleans.
Dr. Carpane was a prominent researcher on trauma and trauma management at the hospital, and had been involved in the research that led to the development of the trauma-management protocols in the United States.
The email went on to say, “We were told that the hospital could not afford to pay Dr. James’ compensation, so we decided to file a claim against him.”
Dr. Carpani said he had been working on the project to develop a national trauma registry for doctors and researchers for several years.
The idea was to create a database of doctors who were trained to treat trauma patients, as well as a list of doctors willing to pay to see trauma patients.
He was hoping to raise $5 million to pay for the program.
When we got the email from Frank, we immediately called up Dr. Paul Schwartz, a trauma surgeon at Columbia who was also working on this project.
I said, Well, that’s a great idea, but we don’t have any money.
We’ve got to go to a bank and get the money, and then we’re going to file the claim.
The first step was to contact Dr. Schwartz’s bank.
Dr, Schwartz, who had been a doctor for decades, said that he had already talked to Dr. Charles R. Bancroft, the chairman of the hospital’s board of directors.
Bachen and Schwartz were quick to say that they were aware of the issue and that Dr. R.J. Williams was the one who should have contacted them.
I called Dr. Williams to let him know that the money needed to be sent to the hospital and that we needed to come up with a plan to get the payments.
Dr Williams told me that he was not in a position to give me any instructions, but that he would be happy to take a look at the project.
At that point, I knew that we were in trouble.
We needed to get Dr. J. Williams and Dr. B.C. Schwartz to understand that we had no money and that it was urgent.
The two men went straight to my house.
They were furious.
They said, Why do you need to take care of us?
Why do we have to pay your insurance premiums?
I had no choice but to let them have it.
They took our money.
The bill for Dr. William’s hospitalization and his treatment was $10,000.
We had to pay a $1,500 medical bill to the doctors.
The bills were not covered by the hospital as well.
We were on the hook for a total of $5,000, which was a significant amount of money.
At the time, I had $2,000 in my account.
My accountant had given me a loan of $500 for the bill, and the bank told me the next day that I needed to pay back the entire balance in full.
The whole situation was really upsetting to me.
I thought I was going to die.
The problem was that my account had been used by my wife, who worked at the time as a registered nurse, to pay her child support, her car payment, and to pay the $1.9 million medical bill.
She also owed my son a $4,000 check, and it was going up in smoke.
The debt was going into my personal retirement account.
We owed the hospital $1 million, so my wife had to borrow $1 billion to cover the hospital bills.
We also owed $1-million in student loans.
At this point, we had $3.8 million in debt.
So, the question is, what do you do?
We are in bankruptcy.
I don’t want to be in this position.
We’re not able to pay our bills.
Dr C.R. Schwartz, the medical director, said he thought that the problem would go away if Dr. Michael Schwartz were the hospital administrator.
He said that Drs Schwartz and Williams were good people and would be able to do a good job.
But we couldn’t trust them.
We thought that they would not want to pay their bills and that they didn’t