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After the altercation, Guglielmo was seen by a NaphCare nurse who gave him an ice pack and had him moved to another cell for closer observation, the sheriff’s complaint says. Guglielmo was later found unresponsive in his cell and taken to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery and spent two months in a coma.
“(NaphCare employees) were deliberately indifferent to and/or acted with callous/reckless disregard for those serious medical and mental health needs in failing and/or refusing to provide the necessary medical care, assessment, evaluation, intervention, referral and treatment,” the sheriff’s office complaint says.
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In a response filed with the court, NaphCare’s attorneys wrote that the company provided proper medical care for Guglielmo, and noted that he alleges in his lawsuit that a corrections officer beat him and threw him against a concrete wall to “teach (him) a lesson.”
The company is arguing the complaint should be dismissed because, among other things, Guglielmo didn’t name NaphCare in his lawsuit.
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“(The county’s) allegations that NaphCare defendants exhibited deliberate indifference and reckless disregard to Mr. Guglielmo’s medical needs are baseless,” the company’s response says.
Montgomery County last year entered into a contract to pay NaphCare up to $3.55 million a year through 2019 for inmate medical services.
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