In his latest post to our firm’s VA & NC Medical Surgery Malpractice Attorneys Blog, my colleague Jim Lewis warns about problems with patient safety as Norfolk-based Sentara merges with Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. Jim notes that hospital mergers can involve reductions in doctors, nurses and other health care providers. He also writes, “Medical mistakes, misdiagnoses, surgical errors and patient neglect can increase when hospital staff are compelled to care more about their facility’s bottom line than about caring for patients.”