(SYRACUSE POST-STANDARD) Syracuse, NY – Doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center were about to remove organs for transplant from a woman they thought was dead.

Then she opened her eyes. She was alive.

The state Health Department found St. Joe’s care of patient Colleen S. Burns in 2009 unacceptable and a federal agency criticized the hospital for not properly investigating the cause. The hospital’s mishandling of the case was part of the reason the state Health Department fined St. Joe’s $22,000 last September — the largest fine levied against a Central New York hospital since 2002.

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