Skip to comments.Mayo Clinic Radiology Tech Pleads Guilty to Spreading Hepatitis C
Posted on 05/11/2012 5:59:28 PM PDT by Larry381
JACKSONVILLE, FLUnited States Attorney Robert E. ONeill announces today that Steven Beumel (48, Jacksonville) pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with a consumer product resulting in death, four counts of tampering with a consumer product resulting in serious bodily injury, and five counts of stealing Fentanyl by deception. Beumel faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. He was arrested by FBI agents on May 24, 2011 and has remained in custody since his arrest. A sentencing date has not been yet scheduled.
According to court documents, Beumel was a radiology technician at Memorial Hospital from May 1992 through October 2004. He worked as a radiology technician at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville from October 2004 through August 2010. Beumel admitted, in court, that he stole syringes of Fentanyl during patients procedures and replaced them with syringes of saline contaminated with hepatitis C. Beumels tampering occurred from 2006 through 2008 at the Mayo Clinics intervetonal radiology unit.
Epidemiologists from the Mayo Clinic, Florida Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) worked for more than three years to solve the hepatitis C outbreak at the Mayo Clinic. It was eventually linked to Beumel. The Mayo Clinic immediately fired Buemel and reported his actions to law enforcement. The clinic tested thousands of patients who were potentially put at risk by Beumels actions. Two patients from that testing effort were linked to Beumel.
The first patient discovered to have hepatitis C linked to Beumel was a liver transplant patient who received a new liver in September 2006. During a radiology procedure in November 2006, Beumel took this patients Fentanyl and infected him with hepatitis C. The patient battled hepatitis C for almost four years. He died from complications related to hepatitis C, never knowing how he got it.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Food and Drug Administration, the Florida Department of Financial Services, and the Jacksonville Sheriffs Offices Homicide Unit. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Talbot.
Life is too good for this evil creep.
No mention of his family anywhere. Not one.
The media seems to have absolutely zero interest in this man's background. I was not able to find so much as a word about where he came from, who knew him, where he lived. Nothing.
As in the old Soviet Union, we learn to understand the truth by paying attention to what's not in the news.
Probably! Sodomites have a high percentage of Hepatitis C and his behavior, as described, matches what other “gays” have done. (My favorite was the AIDS carrier that would lick the doorknobs of hotel rooms.) Now that they are gaining their “Rights” we will get to watch what they do with those “Rights.”
It came up with the google search link but not the article. Had to click on the photo separately.
Steven Larry Beumel. Sick f&&k.
WTH? I’ve had fentanyl after I woke up in the recovery room. There is no way you wouldn’t notice. I think fentanyl is 100X stronger than morphine so not one of the patients didn’t notice the complete lack of pain control?
To make it extra evil the person replaced the Fentanyl with Saline and Hepatitis C?? No one noticed but I still don’t get this and where do you get any version of Hep???
Either this person is a drug addict and has an extra side of evil by putting in Hepatitis C in the syringe or we’ll no doubt here from liberals that by putting in the Hep C, he was crying out to be caught.
What a scumbag, this is one of those deals where the punishment should fit the crime:
1) They have incredibly painful surgery and don’t get ANY painkillers.
2) They get a nice dose of all the versions of hep.
That is, assuming it was unintentional, and he was reusing syringes.
The hospital that employed this cretin bears some responsibility for this. Radiologic techs do not give
pain meds like fentanyl to patients. It’s not in our scope of practice. It’s supposed to be given to patients by an
RN and there are supposed to be strict inventory and usage
controls in place to insure drugs are used as ordered, not stolen by employees with drug problems and not lost or misplaced. A poor quality employer enabled a poor quality
employee to harm patients.
I got butchered by the Mayo Clinic in Minn. They nearly killed me.
That place is all hype and no talent. Just say ‘no’ to Mayo.
Is this one of those deals where they "franchised" their name out into "Mayo Clinics" all over the country?
So then they have to hire tons of unknown people to staff up all the new "Mayo Clinics." And of course that's not so easy to snap your fingers and do; they people who work at the real Mayo Clinic were chosen over many years using exacting standards and criteria developed over decades.
But they think their magic Mayo name will somehow confer a special sense of majesty and mission to all the unknowns they grab from recruiting agencies. Not quite.
It's an old story. Joe Chef runs a fantastic downtown restaurant. After 20 years, he's got the management of that restaurant down to a science, down to an algorithm.
So Joe thinks, "hey, I can use my algorithm anywhere, I can clone myself into a couple more Joe's Restaurants out in the 'burbs, make money three times as fast!"
He hits up his Friends and Family for some start-up cash and goes to work cloning himself to nirvana.
Only thing is, he can't clone himself; he can't make his algorithm work without physically being there. That's because a big part of his algorithm is his attitude, and it ain't as easy as Joe thought to hire people with a similar dose of Joe-ness. He can manage a restaurant, but that's not the same as managing a chain of restaurants.
Fast forward a year or two. Joe's Too and Joe's Too Much are vacant again, his family's pissed off, and Joe's back downtown, trying to dig himself out of a big financial hole.
It's hard to find employees with integrity any more. I think there are rotten apples throughout the medical profession. And some good ones. Every profession seems to be polluted with the general decline of morals in the country.
Like security guards. Everybody important needs them. Too much competition with police and such to get good people. Then what's left? Even with the job shortage, the ones they do hire aren't necessariily particularly honest people.
I didn't address your main points because I don't think Mayo has proliferated too much, not like the golden arches. Which I patronized tonight to get a couple fish sandwiches for Friday (a quirk I can't overcome). I don't drink but I guess I was preoccupied because I drove past the order point and had to back up, luckily no one too close behind me. I should have just ordered at the pay window since they weren't very busy. That one I didn't miss. Then I pull ahead and miss the pickup window and had to back up again. Felt really stupid. I just got my car back from the shop and someone got my radio working again without being asked so I'm not used to having that on.
The evil bastard probably has Hep-C. I suspect he would shoot up with the Fentanyl and contaminate the syringe. Then he would draw up saline to replace the drug he used.
If he was good at the game he would only use about half the drug in the syringe and then fill it with saline. Thus the patient would get “some” pain relief but not enough. The nurse normally has a range of dosing she can use for pain control She would merely increase the dose or frequency of dosing. The pain would be controlled and no one is the wiser.
I worked 24 years in a hospital pharmacy and have been on several investigations of drug theft. You will be amazed at how good some of these thieves are. Often, you will find one that is an over achiever. They work their butts off and may be highly valued employees. They do this so as not to be considered a thief. I have heard more than one head nurse on a ward say, “But she is my best nurse.”
Sometimes at the end they become very sloppy at theft as they try to steal more and more and more and also start making mistakes relative to patient care and records. I have seen more than one nurse and a couple of doctors destroy their careers with drugs. It is sad.
I personally had a very good experience at the Jacksonville, Florida Mayo clinic. Fine doctors who had studied and were on the board at the Rochester, Minn. Mayo Clinic. I received excellent care and a most helpful surgical procedure and will be forever grateful.
Ditto. The Mayo in Jacksonville diagnosed my cancer early. After successful surgery there I’ve been cancer free for almost 7 years. My experience was positive.
The criminal technician should not soil the reputation of the institution. Every organization has bad apples and most try to root them out as quickly as possible. There are auto workers who deliberately sabotage vehicles, financial advisors who scam the elderly, and food handlers in restaurants who deliberately contaminate food. In many instances The employer’s efforts to root out and terminate bad apples are restricted by government regulations and union rules. A company caught spying on an employee suspected of wrongdoing can be sued.
The young mother I wrote about some months back who died of cancer I was told by her mother in desperation got a plane ticket from her home in S. Indiana and flew to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. They turned her away. If true it makes me very sad. She didn't understand how the system works and that a referral is needed.
So months of delay of a cancer that might have had a different outcome.
I do know when she was hospitalized here (and not particularly wanted because of her inability to pay) the first thing she said to me was that her heart hurt. I thought maybe it was her stomach because she was retching as the cancer had progressed, she couldn't keep anything down.
They kept her about 2 weeks after that and she collapsed after they sent her to her mother's the next day and died. The hospital wouldn't do an autopsy (money again) so her mother paid for one by a nice doctor across the river. They did donate her corneas. She died from heart failure, fluid had accumulated around her heart and it was heart pain.
Her mother, herself a heart patient, asked her specialist about it, and the specialist said they could have relieved that pain by drawing off the fluid.
I can't say they were unkind to her, she was terminal by then, so that's the end of it.
So maybe my impressions are skewed because of things like that and this creep with the Hep C. I do realize that the staff may be overworked and stressed and don't have time to coddle every patient. Glad you had a positive experience. I don't really know anything about Mayo.
Hep C is transmitted by blood. My daughter lives with one which gives me fits. Sex, says they don't any more. Combs. Toothbrushes. Razors. Needles which is probably how he got it. Sore subject.
I imagine a referral is helpful, but I simply sent an email to the Jacksonville Mayo, describing my problems, etc. and they scheduled me within several weeks or so. The only hard part was driving back and forth several times the 3-hour trip for preliminary testing prior to the surgery.
But I really appreciated the thoroughness before surgery. They excell in that, partly because they do not encourage long term hospitalization -— which is a good thing nowadays with all the super bacteria in medical facilities.