James Woods settles lawsuit over brother's death

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - December 1, 2009

A Superior Court judge announced the settlement Tuesday.

Woods claimed Kent Hospital was negligent in the death of his 49-year-old brother, who had a heart attack and died in its emergency room after going there with a sore throat and vomiting.

The hospital's chief executive, Sandra Coletta, acknowledged at a news conference with Woods outside the courthouse that mistakes were made.

She said the hospital is creating an institute in Michael Woods' honor and investing $1.25 million over next five years to study redesigning health care and reducing errors.

Further details were not disclosed.

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