Sidney Zion, a New York-based journalist whose family tragedy helped lead to changes in the number of hours medical residents work, died of bladder cancer Sunday in Brooklyn, said his son Adam. He was InZion took his year-old daughter, Libby, to New York Hospital because she was agitated and had a high fever.
She died the next morning of cardiopulmonary collapse. Zion blamed doctors for her death, saying they had given her a painkiller that can react badly with an antidepressant she told doctors she was taking. He also said the hospital systematically overworked and undersupervised its young doctors in training.
Zion and his wife sued the hospital and the doctors in A jury returned a split verdict a decade later, deciding that the hospital, its resident doctors and Libby herself were all partly to blame for her death. The jurors accepted a defense claim that Libby had failed to disclose cocaine use. Ina grand jury declined to bring criminal charges but concluded that Libby might have lived if she had gotten experienced, professional care.
The grand jury also suggested limiting work hours for medical residents. New York Hospital paid a small fine and admitted to procedural lapses in connection with the case.
InNew York became the first state to regulate intern and resident hours. They were limited to hour shifts, not the hour ones then common. The average work week was capped at 80 hours instead of the usual More supervision by senior physicians also was required.
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Times Staff And Wire Reports. In addition to his son Adam, he is survived by another son, Jed.On the night of March 4,Libby Zion, an year-old college student suffering from a high fever and an earache, was brought to New York Hospital by her parents. After eight hours, she was dead. Ten years of bitter litigation later, there is still no clear explanation for what killed the apparently healthy teen-ager.
It does seem clear that, like many patients who enter a hospital in the middle of the night, Libby was treated by a series of busy doctors, none of whom had much time to focus on her condition. One thing seems even more certain: Of all the patients who have come through its doors, the hospital could not have picked a worse one to lose inexplicably than Libby Zion.
Her death touched off a decade-long battle that has produced sweeping changes in the working conditions of doctors in New York City hospitals. The civil suit brought by her family against New York Hospital is only now reaching a conclusion in a Manhattan courtroom. He has pursued the case with the zeal of a grieving father and the skills of a veteran journalist with a lifetime of experience in spinning the media.
Zion accuses the hospital and the physicians who treated his daughter of what amounts to medical murder. The defense has been equally ferocious. Lawyers for the hospital contend that cocaine killed Libby, and that she concealed her use of the drug from the physicians who treated her. Private details of her emotional problems have been read into the record of a trial beamed across the nation on Court TV. Libby, a bright and creative young woman who hoped to grow up and make a name for herself, is famous indeed these days.
An entire generation of New York journalists has heard the story of her death from her father, who, friends say, still breaks into tears when he thinks about his daughter. At the center of this medical and legal storm is Sidney Zion, a pink-skinned, balding, bespectacled father of three. This mild-looking man in a conservative gray suit from J. Press can be seen nervously crossing and uncrossing his legs while sipping mineral water from a plastic bottle in the courtroom where Zion vs.
New York Hospital is being tried. But appearances can be deceiving, as the powers-that-be at New York Hospital have discovered. Zion, 61, is a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking novelist, lawyer, journalist, former prosecutor, confidant of the late Roy Cohn, and friend to those in high and low places. Zion was born in Passaic, N. After a stint as a federal prosecutor in New Jersey, he turned to journalism.
Joe McCarthy. She was sick with a high fever. Zion and his wife, Elsa, left a dinner party and rushed back to the apartment, where they discovered their son had not been exaggerating.
She was also extremely agitated, a condition the hospital would later argue was consistent with a cocaine reaction. While Elsa frantically searched for a thermometer, Sidney phoned the family physician, Dr.
Obit: Sidney Zion, Fought for Work Limits for Medical Residents
They arrived about p. Libby was admitted by a young intern named Dr. Maurice Leonard. She had a temperature of According to Leonard, Libby said she was using a drug called Nardil, an anti-depressant.
The hospital says Libby failed to tell doctors about other drugs she was using. About an hour later, Libby was examined by Dr. Gregg Stone, a resident.He was 75 and lived in Manhattan. A confidant of writers and power brokers in New York, Mr.
He helped found a magazine and wrote a novel, a book on gangsters, a volume of essays, and a biography of lawyer Roy Cohn. Zion was a loud, cigar-smoking, storytelling die-hard New York Giants fan who railed against what he called fitness fascists, passionately defended Israel, and counted horse-players, mobsters, actors, and politicians among his friends. But his life was transformed on the night of March 4,when his year-old daughter, Libby, a Bennington College freshman with a history of depression and cocaine abuse, was admitted to New York Hospital with fever, chills, and agitation.
Her condition was not diagnosed, but two interns gave her a painkiller and sedative, a plan approved by phone by a senior clinician who had treated members of the family, and she was tied down to prevent injury. She died eight hours after admission. The case raised troubling questions about the long hours and workloads of interns and residents in teaching hospitals and about their supervision and the prevention of medical errors. They also campaigned for greater supervision and workload limits on interns and residents, who often put in to hours a week and 36 at a stretch.
Ina grand jury rejected medical murder charges that Mr. Zion had called for, but said hospital errors may have contributed to the death. Inthe state limited interns and residents to 80 hours weekly and 24 hours consecutively and said senior doctors must be in hospitals at all times. Similar standards were mandated nationally in by a council that accredits graduate medical schools. Ina jury returned a mixed verdict in the Zion case, saying that the hospital was not to blame, but that an intern and two doctors had contributed to her death by giving her a drug that could be fatal for patients taking antidepressants.
Sidney Zion was born in Passaic, N. His father was a dentist in Passaic, where the boy grew up. Zion practiced criminal law in northern New Jersey in the late s and in the early s was a federal prosecutor in New Jersey. In a roller-coaster career, Mr. In the early s, Mr. Zion owned Broadway Joe, a steakhouse and hangout for theater people on West 46th Street. Local Search Site Search. Home Delivery. Zion was also a reporter for the New York Times. By Robert D.
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On March 5,his year-old daughter, Libby, died less than eight hours after being admitted to New York Hospital with a raging fever. Outraged at reports that a sleep-deprived medical resident had treated her with a drug that may have worsened her condition, the grieving father initially pressed unsuccessfully for criminal charges against doctors and the hospital. Later, a grand jury issued a report highly critical of the hospital, which led to reforms that included better medical supervision in emergency rooms and prohibited residents from working 24 hours straight or more than 80 hours a week.
Zion, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law Schoolbegan his career as a trial lawyer.
Inhe became an assistant U. In addition to hundreds of columns, many of which were published in three collections, he was also the author of "The Autobiography of Roy Cohn ," "Loyalty and Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob" and a novel, "Markers. Zion is survived by his sons, Adam of Brooklyn and Jed of Manhattanand two grandchildren. His wife, Elsa, a city official and former publishing executive, died in Skip to content.
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He helped found a magazine and wrote a novel, a book on gangsters, a volume of essays and a biography of the lawyer Roy Cohn. Zion was a loud, cigar-smoking, storytelling die-hard New York Giants fan who railed against what he called fitness fascists, passionately defended Israel and counted horse-players, mobsters, actors and politicians among his friends. But his life was transformed on the night of March 4,when his year-old daughter, Libby, a Bennington College freshman with a history of depression and cocaine use, was admitted to New York Hospital with fever, chills and agitation.
Her condition was not diagnosed, but two interns gave her a painkiller and sedative, a plan approved by phone by a senior clinician who had treated members of the family, and Ms.
Zion was tied down to prevent injury. She died eight hours after admission. The case raised troubling questions about the long hours and workloads of interns and residents in teaching hospitals, and about their supervision and the prevention of medical errors.
They also campaigned for greater supervision and workload limits on interns and residents, who often put in to hours a week and 36 at a stretch. Zion had called for, but said hospital errors may have contributed to the death. Inthe state limited interns and residents to 80 hours weekly and 24 hours consecutively, and said senior doctors must be in hospitals at all times. Similar standards were mandated nationally in by a council that accredits graduate medical schools.
Ina jury returned a mixed verdict in the Zion case, saying that the hospital was not to blame but that an intern and two doctors had contributed to her death by giving her a drug that could be fatal for patients taking antidepressants. Zion was equally to blame for not telling doctors that she had taken cocaine and prescription drugs.
The trial judge later threw out the finding that Ms. Sidney Zion was born in Passaic, N. His father was a dentist in Passaic, where the boy grew up. InMr. Zion married the former Elsa Ruth Heister.
She died in Zion practiced criminal law in northern New Jersey in the late s and in the early s was a federal prosecutor in New Jersey. It was his springboard to journalism. In a roller-coaster career, Mr. Inworking freelance, Mr. Many journalists regarded the disclosure as a breach of professional ethics, and Mr. Zion said he was a pariah among colleagues for a time. Cohn, a friend of Mr. McCarthy during his Communist witch-hunt years.
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Deals and Shenanigans. Ring Smart Home Security Systems. Amazon Subscription Boxes Top subscription boxes — right to your door. PillPack Pharmacy Simplified.Sidney E. He co-authored The Autobiography of Roy Cohn. He also was a co-founder and co-editor of Scanlan's Monthly magazine. He then turned to journalism and writing novels. InZion revealed that Daniel Ellsberg was the source of the Pentagon Papersthe classified study detailing Washington deceit in Vietnam, then being published by the Times and The Washington Post.
Zion, who was not affiliated with any news organization at the time, made the revelation on a popular New York City radio show. Many journalists regarded his disclosure of Ellsberg's identity as a breach of professional ethics, and Zion said he was considered a "pariah" by journalism colleagues for several years afterward.
He was a recipient of the Ben Hecht Journalism Award. He was married to Elsa H. Her death and the subsequent investigation and trial led to improvements in hospital residents' working conditions. He owned a steakhouse during the early s called Broadway Joe that catered to theater people. Zion was a Zionist and Jew who believed very strongly in the state of Israel. He was a devout Jew in his private life.
Zion served on the Board of Directors as well as council of The Players in New York City, fighting anti-smoking laws passed during the Bloomberg Administration, believing those laws to be unconstitutional. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. August 3, The New York Times. New York Times. March 6, Zion and his wife, Elsa, died of cardiac arrest yesterday at New York Hospital after a brief illness.
She was 18 years old and lived with her parents in Manhattan. Stein, as part of a study project and was to have been employed next summer on the clerical staff of The New York Timesbecame ill several days ago with a flu-like ailment. The cause of the cardiac arrest was not immediately determined. Her mother is a former publishing executive. Besides her parents, Miss Zion is survived by two brothers, Adam and Jed.Meta and The Cornerstones ZION STEREO (official video)
March 5, Elsa H. Zion, a city official and former publishing executive who campaigned successfully to regulate the workload of interns and residents in New York State's hospitals after the highly publicized death of her daughter, Libby, indied on Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.