Overworked physician blames General Medicine

Ann Knef Feb. 14, 2007, 6:19am

A physician who claims she was overworked, berated and forced to falsify medical records at various Illinois nursing homes, has filed suit against General Medicine P.C. and a litany of co-defendants.

Jamie Monke alleges she repeatedly made her supervisors aware of the exhaustion, sleep deprivation and stress she incurred while working for General Medicine -- a Michigan corporation that operates several nursing homes across Illinois.

Among other things, Monke claims she was required to be on call for 19 days without a break, to be on call for nursing homes over 300 miles away on weekends and holidays, to commute 100 miles a day between nursing homes, to make daily rounds at 12 nursing homes and to visit 25 patients per day.

She filed suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court Feb. 13 on counts of intentional infliction of emotional distress and fraud.

Monke also claims that while on a three-way phone call with General Medicine's director of clinical operations Thomas Prose, M.D., and its attorney, they threatened to report her to the Medical Board and revoke her license.

"That as a direct and proximate result of the aforesaid acts, plaintiff suffered and continues to suffer mental anguish, depression, anxiety, panic, fear, worry and loss of sleep," the complaint states.

Seeking more than $1 million in damages, Monke is represented by Thomas Q. Keefe of Belleville.

The suit also names General Medicine's clinical coordinators Marilyn K. Morgan, Rebecca J. Coccia and Patricia A. Gottschalk, physician recruiter Scott Sansovich and Seyburn, Kahn, Ginn, Bess and Serlin, P.C., and Tova Shabar.

Monke claims she was ordered to falsify records by coding five-minute appointments as 30 minutes.

She claims she was blamed for General Medicine's loss of contract services with St. Paul nursing home.

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