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Chattanooga's Memorial Hospital under federal scrutiny for ER transfers

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Memorial Hospital is one of three major downtown hospitals.  Photo by Angela Lewis. Memorial Hospital is one of three major downtown hospitals. Photo by Angela Lewis.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

It's been more than a year now since Melton "Gene" Scott, 70, drove himself and his wife to Memorial Hospital so she could undergo a lung procedure.

Around noon in the waiting room that day, Scott's daughters noticed that his speech was slurred and the left side of his face was slack. They rushed him through the halls to Memorial's emergency room.

They told nurses they were worried their father was having a stroke.

But it took nearly six hours before Memorial emergency room doctors finally diagnosed a stroke and decided to transfer Scott to Erlanger -- missing the critical window for treatment that could have dissolved the blood clot in his brain. And at Erlanger, Memorial documentation led physicians to believe Scott's stroke had only just started, meaning even more critical time was lost.

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