Conversation With Sister Canisia
In November 2001, I was able to schedule a meeting with Sister Canisia. I was still attempting to keep my job in the ER. Two pediatric cardiologists who took care of Haitian kids, one OSF-ER doctor, and a former OSF-ER nurse accompanied me. Sister Canisia greeted us in her office and we all sat down. I discussed with her my letter regarding bed capacity at OSF and the patient delays in the ER.
There is a side door that leads into Sister’s office that comes from Keith Steffen’s office. About 10-15 minutes into the meeting with Sister, Dr. David Gorenz, an assistant administrator, and Sue Wozniak, CFO, entered Sister's office through this side door and sat down with us. They were not invited by me or any of us. It didn’t take too long to figure out where they came from and for what reason. We tried to ignore them but Dr. Gorenz interrupted and started asking me questions when we continued the discussion with Sister Canisia. Gorenz suggested that a mediator be chosen to mediate my 6 month exclusion from working in the main ER. I didn’t give him an answer because I needed time to think about this option, and usually OSF administration was not giving me good advice. Gorenz and Wozniak were sent in to disrupt the only meeting I had with Sister Canisia and they did a good job. (Frankly, it broke my heart that Dave Gorenz came in and became part of this debacle. I had so much faith in him for 20 years. He was my mentor when I was a resident physician at OSF. I would never have expected this from him.)
After one hour, I thanked Sister for meeting with me and the other physicians. The nurse was crying. We could all see what had happened. Sister then told me to stop by Keith’s adjacent office because “he wanted to speak with me”. I knocked on his door and he opened it. I asked him if he wanted to talk with me. Steffen lowered his head, looked at the floor and said “no”, and let the door quietly close.
I called Gorenz several days later and told him that I would accept a mediator.
A few days later Keith wrote me a memo stating that mediation would proceed. I was fine with this concept. When I met with Keith a few days later, I took out my legal pad to take notes as usual. Doug Marshall, OSF attorney, was in Keith’s office as he frequently was to help monitor Keith and tell Keith to “slow down” when necessary because I was writing everything down.
Keith started out by confidently stating that “mediation is a good idea” and that “I (Keith) thought of it”. I nodded my head and kept writing. Keith continued, “However, we are not going to mediate. Doug will explain.” I started laughing and looked at Marshall. With a very flat affect, Marshall said, “We don’t mediate.” I held up Keith’s memo stating that mediation would be done, and asked Marshall if it meant anything that Keith had written it down and sent it to me. Marshall replied, “It means nothing.” That was probably true…
So mediation was no longer an option. Even the Executive Committee at OSF would not hear of my plight because there is some sort of bylaw or something that states that employee problems don’t go to the Executive Committee. I would have loved to have a neutral mediator sitting around a table with the main players there. I don’t think Marshall thought Keith’s idea was so great. Hevesy probably didn’t think so either.
Later, when my brother asked Keith about the meeting with Sister Canisia that was disrupted by his two administrators entering Sister’s office from his office, Keith responded he knew nothing about the meeting.
- Introduction--Peoria's Medical Mafia
- Keith's Letter
- Conversations with Keith Steffen
- Keith Steffen and the Apostolic Christian Communit...
- Conversations with George
- Conflict of Interest
- OSF-AMT Relationship
- Emergency Room Overcrowding
- OSF Emergency Room Patient Satsifaction
- Fear at OSF
- Conversation with Sister Canisia
- Conversations in Church
- Sister Judith Ann
- Conversations With Chris
- Ethics Committee at OSF
- Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Heal...
- Patricia Gibson and Monsignor Rohlfs
- Picketing OSF
- Bishop Jenky Haitian Hearts Meeting---February, 20...
- Bishop Jenky's Threat
- Catholic Diocese Abandons Haitian Hearts
- Tom Carroll's Letter to Bishop Jenky---September, ...
- Bishop Jenky Rejects Catholic Tribunal Court
- Bishop Jenky's Response to Tribunal---November 17,...
- Paul Kramer--Executive Director Children's Hospita...
- OSF Cuts Haitian Hearts Funding--July, 2002
- Slow Down Surgery--Part I
- Slow Down Surgery--Part II
- Letter Regarding Delay of Surgery---November, 2002...
- Perfume, Pets, and Pediatrics
- Linda Arnold--OSF Foundation
- Letter to Illinois Attorney General---January 15, ...
- Willie's Pacemaker
- Jackson is Dying
- Joe Piccione---Ethics vs. Practice
- Diane's Letter to Joe Piccione and Patricia Gibson...
- Pleading OSF for Jackson's Life
- Letter to Sister, Keith, and Paul re: Jackson Jean...
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste Forum Article
- Jackson's Letter to Sister Judith Ann
- Washing Jackson's Feet
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste's Obituary
- Children's Hospital of Illinois Advisory Board
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste and Keith Steffen
- Jackson Shouldn't Have Died
- Emergency Medical Systems Failure in Peoria
- Peoria Journal Star Articles
- Firehouse Forum
- Cardiac Arrest
- Basic Drugs
- More Fear
- Trust in Physicians
- Questions for George, Rick, and Andrew
- On the Take
- Open Letter to Peoria Medical Society---January 6,...
- Questions About Matrix Consulting Group
- The Matrix Report
- Should Peoria Fire Department Sell Its Only Amubla...
- Let Peoria Fire Department Operate its Ambulance
- 19 Minutes Is Too Long
- Ambulance Monopoly Unhealthy for City
- Peoria City Council--August 9, 2005
- Peoria's Greed
- Peoria City Council---February 7, 2006
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