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Nurse Called Dying Musician's Name Twice



    Nurse Called Dying Musician's Name Twice
    Philadelphia Folklore Project
    Joaquin Rivera was a "tremendous advocate for sustaining Puero Rican folk arts here," according to the Philadelphia Folklore Project.

    A state report says a nurse twice called the name of a Philadelphia man who died of a heart attack in a hospital waiting room but never went to look for him.

           Thursday's report from the Department of Health concerns the death of 63-year-old Joaquin Rivera on Nov. 28 at Aria Health's Frankford campus.
    According to the report, hospital staff first called Rivera's name at the waiting room door about 17 minutes after he arrived -- seven minutes after he stopped moving.
    Hospital personnel checked on Rivera an hour after he arrived only when another patient alerted staff he wasn't moving.
    Police say Rivera's watch was stolen after he lost consciousness. Three people are charged.
    The hospital has until March 1 to take corrective action or face fines.