If the Walls Could Talk

By Todd Ganz and Stephani Young

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How did a premiere Chicago hospital come to be a "butcher shop" that performed unnecessary medical procedures on its patients? If the walls of Edgewater Hospital could talk, they would proudly share the years of good medicine before breaking down into tears recounting the horrible crimes done within those walls. Former employees, patients, lawyers, and urban explorers recount the history of how a once-prestigious hospital deteriorated into a bloody fraud machine.

Episode Date
The Tight Ship
00:38:53

Employees of Edgewater Hospital arrived at work on the morning of December 6, 2001 to learn the hospital abruptly closed. But the hospital didn’t just close — it closed in a shameful, outrageous and deplorable manner. Some were in shock while others said they saw this coming. How did this happen? Who let this happen? And could something like this ever happen again?

The hospital’s co-founder, Dr. Maurice Mazel, opened Edgewater Hospital in 1929 and remained at the helm until his death in 1980. He oversaw the growth from one to nine buildings that made up the hospital campus. You’ll hear from former nurses, doctors and administrators who worked at Edgewater, including Dr. Rogelio Maynulet. He shares his journey from Cuba to the United States and how he joined Edgewater Hospital as a surgical assistant and worked his way up to Chief of the Medical Staff.

Changes in insurance during the ’80s led hospitals all across the country scrambling to reinvent themselves. Edgewater Hospital struggled and ultimately faced closing its doors or selling to a hospital consultant named Peter Rogan. The hospital board chose to sell to Rogan in 1989.

While the hospital had a solid reputation for over a half century, what happened in its final decade would forever scar its legacy.

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Jan 10, 2021
The Waiting Room
00:07:01

A once-prominent Chicago hospital deteriorated into a place that preyed upon poor, elderly and homeless people -- just to fatten their bottom line. After ultimately closing in 2001, a handful of doctors went to prison. The former owner fled the country with hundreds of millions of dollars in civil judgments hanging over his head. The hospital then sat there and rotted for over 15 years leaving the city scrambling to clean up the mess. "If the Walls Could Talk Podcast" follows Edgewater Hospital's fall from cutting edge medical institution into a place fueled by fraud. Podcast debuts January 10, 2021 from Buckletown Productions.

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Music featured in this episode for If The Walls Could Talk is Suspended in a Dream by Dmitri Belichenko/Lynne Publishing used under license through NeoSounds.

Dec 06, 2020
If the Walls Could Talk Preview
00:02:21

How did a premiere Chicago hospital come to be a "butcher shop" that performed unnecessary medical procedures on its patients? If the walls of Edgewater Hospital could talk, they would proudly share the years of good medicine before breaking down into tears recounting the horrible crimes done within those walls. Former employees, patients, lawyers, and urban explorers recount the history of how a once-prestigious hospital deteriorated into a bloody fraud machine. If the Walls Could Talk recounts the sordid history of Chicago's Edgewater Hospital from its 1929 opening to its abrupt 2001 closure following a 58-count federal indictment all the way to present day when a city has to decide what to do with an abandoned hospital.

This episode is written and produced by Todd Ganz and Stephani Young. Visit <a href="https://ifthewallscouldtalkpodcast.com/">ifthewallscouldtalkpodcast.com</a>  for more information. Follow on Instagram at @ifthewallscouldtalkpodcast and on Twitter at @ifthewalls.

Music featured in this trailer for If The Walls Could Talk is Suspended in a Dream by Dmitri Belichenko/Lynne Publishing used under license through NeoSounds. 

Jan 08, 2020