08/07/2012 08:32 am ET Updated Oct 07, 2012

America's Largest For-Profit Hospital Chain Unnecessarily Putting Lives At Risk

In the summer of 2010, a troubling letter reached the chief ethics officer of the hospital giant HCA, written by a former nurse at one of the company's hospitals in Florida.
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In a follow-up interview, the nurse said a doctor at the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, in the small coastal city of Fort Pierce, had been performing heart procedures on patients who did not need them, putting their lives at risk.

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