Woman says Tomah VA didn’t do enough to save her father

Woman says Tomah VA hospital provided inadequate care ahead of father's death

A Marshfield woman says the Tomah VA medical center didn’t do enough to save her father.

Candace Baer Delis says 74-year-old Thomas Patrick Baer died Jan. 14 after suffering two strokes at the hospital. She says her father had one stroke during two hours in the waiting room, and another in a triage room after what she said was negligent care.

Baer was taken by ambulance to a La Crosse hospital where doctors removed a blood clot, but he died two days later.

The Tomah VA provided News 8 with the following statement concerning the death of Mr. Baer:

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of Thomas Patrick Baer. We take this allegation seriously and are looking into the specifics of what occurred. Our goal is always to provide the best care possible to our Veterans. The patient care issues raised by the family are serious and the Tomah VA Medical Center will look thoroughly into what happened.”

The VA is investigating allegations of overprescribing opiates in Tomah after a Marine’s death in August.