Let's start off by saying that St. Barnabas is a good hospital. The doctors and nurses there save lives every day, but earlier this week, an over-burdened Emergency Room may have failed in its mission to help the sick.
A man died at some point during an 8-hour wait for care. Most alarming, he may have been dead for several hours before anyone noticed.
The patient, a 30-year-old man walked into St. Barnabas Hospital's Emergency Room Sunday night around 10 p.m. complaining about a rash. His vitals were taken and he was told to sit in the packed waiting room until his name was called. At 6:40 the next morning, he was found by a security guard, dead in a waiting room chair.
"He was found stiff blue and cold." "He was there for a while," said a hospital worker.