United States District Court, E.D. Arkansas, Western Division
OPINION AND ORDER
Kristine G. Baker United States District Judge
Craig Beck claims that he was denied adequate medical care
while he was a pretrial detainee in the custody of the Saline
County Detention Facility (“SCDF”). Before the
Court is a motion for summary judgment filed by defendants
Patrick Stage and Tiffany Eichlerand a motion for summary
judgment filed under seal by defendants Mike Richards,
Phillip Bentley, and Saline County, Arkansas (“Saline
County”) (Dkt. Nos. 25; 29). Mr. Beck, who is
represented by counsel in this action, has not responded to
the motions for summary judgment, and the time to do so has
passed. For the following reasons, the Court grants both
motions for summary judgment and dismisses with prejudice
following facts are taken from the statement of facts filed
in conjunction with the defendants' motions for summary
judgment (Dkt. Nos. 26; 31). As Mr. Beck failed to respond to
the motions for summary judgment, these facts are deemed
admitted. See E.D. Ark. R. 56.1(c) (“All
material facts set forth in the statement filed by the moving
party pursuant to paragraph (a) shall be deemed admitted
unless controverted by the statement filed by the non-moving
party under paragraph (b).”).
Beck was booked into the SCDF on January 6, 2014. On January
9, 2014, he filed a grievance requesting to see a nurse and
claiming “that he needed medications, that he had
coronary heart diseases, significant blockage, chest pains,
had a bad EKG and x-ray two weeks before and that he had been
instructed to see the cardiologist ASAP” (Dkt. No. 26,
¶ 7). In response to the grievance, Ms. Eichler spoke
with Mr. Beck. At all times relevant to this action, Ms.
Eichler was a Licensed Practical Nurse (“LPN”)
employed by Southern Health Partners, Inc.
(“SHP”), which provided medical services for
inmates housed at the SCDF. As an LPN, Ms. Eichler did not
have the authority to prescribe medications.
speaking with Mr. Beck, Ms. Eichler requested his medical
records from Conway Regional Health System. Ms. Eichler
reviewed Mr. Beck's medical records and determined that
his claims regarding the results of his recent EKG and x-ray
Specifically, Beck was seen at Conway Regional on December
19, 2013, where he had an unremarkable chest x-ray, an EKG
with no acute changes, and the discharge note states
“At this point, I have no reason to believe patient has
life or limb-threatening problems or emergency medical
condition and we are preparing to discharge him in good
condition.” The discharge plan was to follow-up as an
outpatient or to return to Conway Regional as needed.
(Id., ¶ 8).
Eichler saw Mr. Beck on January 10, 2014, to verify his
medications. Mr. Beck informed Ms. Eichler that he received
his medications from a Wal-Mart pharmacy, but when Ms.
contacted the pharmacy, she could not verify the medications
that Mr. Beck told her he was prescribed for his coronary
disease. Within two and a half hours of initially speaking
with Mr. Beck, Ms. Eichler returned to Mr. Beck's cell to
determine whether there were any other doctors or pharmacies
from which he could have received the medications. Upon Ms.
Eichler's return visit, Mr. Beck did not cooperate, but
rather became hostile and belligerent. “While it is
disputed exactly what happened, even [Mr.] Beck admits that
someone called [Ms.] Eichler a ‘bitch, ' and that
from the way it occurred, the staff believed that someone to
be Beck” (Dkt. No. 31, ¶ 10). Ms. Eichler started
Mr. Beck on his requested Aspirin treatment on January 10 or
January 11, 2014, while she continued the necessary process
of verifying his medications. Ms. Eichler was able to verify
all of Mr. Beck's requested medications by January 15,
2014, and he began receiving his medications as they were
incarcerated at SCDF, Mr. Beck frequently complained about
chest pain. Health care staff responded to Mr. Beck's
complaints by “order[ing] EKGs and blood work, the
results of which were contradictive of his complaints”
(Dkt. No. 26, ¶ 12). In response to Mr. Beck's
request to see his cardiologist at the Arkansas Heart
Hospital, Mr. Stage scheduled an appointment for him.
Arkansas Heart Hospital waived its normal upfront payment
requirement for Mr. Beck's visit. At all times relevant
to this action, Mr. Stage was an Advanced Nurse Practitioner
(“ANP”) employed by SHP. Mr. Stage worked at the
Arkansas Heart Hospital and has specialized training and
knowledge in cardiac care. As an ANP, he can write
prescriptions for medications.
Mehmet Cilingiroglu saw Mr. Beck at the Arkansas Heart
Hospital on January 31, 2014. After seeing Mr. Beck, Dr.
[D]id not require any particular procedure, and did not
identify any immediate cardiac issue. He had, per the
complaints of [Mr.] Beck, suggested certain procedures, but
[Mr.] Beck asked to hold the procedures until [Mr.] Beck had
checked on this resources. Dr. Mehmet noted in the records
that there was no acute distress and the heart had a regular
rhythm. His discharge instructions were for a follow-up ...