STOCKTON, CA - Dr. Cleveland Enmon, who has been accused of stealing an expensive watch from a man dying of a heart attack, was arraigned in Stockton on Monday afternoon.
A grand jury indictment charged Enmon with grand theft for allegedly taking the watch that belonged to retired Manteca cop Jerry Kubena.
Enmon was also charged with a wrongful death lawsuit by Kubena's daughter and son.
"When you take a watch off someone and you're responsible for their life, do you have motivation to save them? Not sure that was done. I'd like to think everything was done to save my father but the bottomline is we don't know," said Karie Nelson of Stockton.
Although a Stockton judge refused to take away Enmon's medical license, describing the case as "about a watch," the California Attorney General's Office may pursue that punishment.
"Taking, stealing from a patient is heinous. Talking about people in a most vulnerable position. The medical board is concerned and will take appropriate action," said Gail Heppell of the California Department of Justice.
Enmon is free on bail and still practicing medicine at a Southern California hospital.
Kubena's family has also accused St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton of covering up the theft, saying the incident wasn't immediately reported even though Enmon was fired soon after it. Stockton police said it was days before investigators were notified.
Late Monday afternoon, St. Joseph's issued the following statement:
First, we are deeply sorry for the Kubeena family's loss of their father.
Patient safety and quality care are our highest priorities at St. Joseph's Medical Center. We are prevented from discussing the specifics of a patient's care due to federal laws that protect patient privacy. However, we have reviewed the clinical care in this case and believe it was appropriate.
It is generally not our practice to comment on pending litigation. While we do not feel that the complaint paints an accurate picture of what happened, we feel that our patients, our community, and our employees deserve to know that we are committed to the truth and that we will rigorously defend the hospital's reputation.
We were aware that the watch went missing for a short period of time. Notably, the watch in question along with all of the patient's belongings was given to the family members at the hospital while they spent time with their loved one.
We have and continue to fully cooperate with authorities on any external investigation. The physician who cared for Mr. Kubeena was employed by an independent medical group and has not been scheduled at St. Joseph's Medical Center since the first week of June.
St. Joseph's has a long legacy as a trusted community partner; serving residents of the Stockton area with quality care for 110 years. We remain committed to providing our patients with excellent care, an excellent experience, and a safe environment.
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