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Woodell v. Wenerowicz

United States District Court, E.D. Pennsylvania

August 30, 2019

RANCOURT WOODELL, Plaintiff,
v.
SUPERINTENDENT WENEROWICZ, et al., Defendants.

          ORDER

          EDWARD G. SMITH, J.

         AND NOW, this 30th day of August, 2019, after considering: (1) the amended complaint filed by the pro se plaintiff, Rancourt Woodell (“Woodell”) (Doc. No. 72); (2) the motions to dismiss filed by (a) Michael Wenerowicz (“Wenerowicz”), Dorina Varner (“Varner”), Gerald Galinski (“Galinski”), Suzanne Karpinski (“Karpinski”), Laura Banta (“Banta”), George Ondrejka (“Ondrejka”), Joseph Terra (“Terra”), Jeffrey Baker (“Baker”), Althea King (“King”), Donald Whitfield (“Whitfield”), Joseph Korszniak (“Korszniak”), Robert Grossman (“Grossman”), Rhonda House (“House”), Louis Bozelli (“Bozelli”), Kenneth Randolph (“Randolph”), Debra Hawkinberry (“Hawkinberry”), Joseph Trempus (“Trempus”), Ida DiCio (“DiCio”), Noel Ranker (“Ranker”), Carl Walker (“Walker”), Eric Armel (“Armel”), Brian Coleman (“Coleman”), Susan Berrier (“Berrier”), Steven Gates (“Gates”), Edward Manchas (“Manchas”), Michael Zaken (“Zaken”), Shirley Moore-Smeal (“Moore-Smeal”), Raymond Moore (“Moore”), Robert Marsh (“Marsh”), Cynthia Link (“Link”), Jay Lane (“Lane”), Marirosa Lamas (“Lamas”), and Richard Ellers (“Ellers”) (collectively “Commonwealth Defendants”) (Doc. No. 74), (b) Correct Care Solutions, LLC (“CCS”), Stephen Kaminsky (“Kaminsky”), Dr. Frederick Klemick (“Dr. Klemick”), Dr. Mohammad Golsorkhi (“Dr. Golsorkhi”), Barbara Ruminski (“Ruminski”), Jeanne DeFrangesco (“DeFrangesco”), Dr. Haresh Pandya (“Dr. Pandya”), and Dr. Stephen Wiener (Dr. Wiener”) (collectively the “CCS Defendants”) (Doc. No. 75), (c) Dr. Martinez, Dr. Mohata, Dr. Saavedra, and Dr. Burke (Doc. No. 76), and (d) Dr. Elisabeth Vonzemensky (“Dr. Vonzemensky”) (Doc. Nos. 73, 77); and Woodell having failed to file a response to any of the motions to dismiss; and the court having reviewed the amended complaint pursuant to its screening powers under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B); and, for the reasons stated in the separately filed memorandum opinion, it is hereby ORDERED that the motions to dismiss (Doc. Nos. 73, 74, 75, 76, 77) are GRANTED as follows:

         1. Woodell's claims asserted against the Department of Corrections, Bureau of Health Care Services, SCI-Fayette, SCI-Rockview, SCI-Graterford, and SCI-Phoenix are DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE because they are not “persons” subject to suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983;[1]

         2. The following claims are DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE because they are barred by the statute of limitations:

a. Woodell's Eighth Amendment claims for deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs and conditions of confinement asserted against Manchas, Trempus, Counselor Clark, Zaken, DiCio, RN Nole, Coleman, Walker, Chris Myers, Hawkinberry, Dr. Bolk, Dr. Saavedra, Armel, Randolph, Bozelli, M. Bzelte, Michelle Howard-Biggs, Moore, House, Marsh, Moore-Smeal, Gates, Berrier, Coffman, Dr. Burke, Dr. John Synmons, Franklin Tennis, Marsh, Lamas, and Ellers;
b. Woodell's Eighth Amendment conditions of confinement claim related to his 2011, 2013, and 2015 (described in grievance # 636041) placement in an isolation cell at SCI- Graterford (asserted against unnamed individuals);
c. Woodell's Eighth Amendment claim for deliberate indifference as asserted against: King, Link, Dr. Martinez, Korszniak (with respect to Woodell's October 3, 2013 grievance), Wenerowicz, Grossman, Dr. Blatt, Dr. Mohata, Dr. Lewis, Dr. Machak, Dr. Smith, Dr. Tobin, Ruminski, Dr. Pandya, and Klemick;
d. Woodell's claims asserted grievances # 315717, # 318248, # 332159, # 151893, # 482582, # 488603, # 480049, # 484914, # 517371, # 559678, and # 636041; and
e. Woodell's claim asserted against Williams related to an April 24, 2014 grievance denial.

         3. The following claims are DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE:[2]

a. The official capacity claims against individual state employees seeking monetary damages;
b. The official capacity claims against individual CCS and Wexford Health Care (“WHC”) employees because they are duplicative of Woodell's Monell v. Department of Social Services of the City of New York, 436 U.S. 658 (1978) claims against CCS and WHC;
c. All claims asserted against the “Commonwealth Defendants” (as defined in the amended complaint) for failure to allege personal involvement;
d. The Eighth Amendment claims for deliberate indifference asserted against Varner and Ferguson related to their ...

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