United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Z. LEE, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Swaysey Rankin, an inmate at Dixon Correctional Center, has
brought this lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
Rankin alleges that Defendants Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
(“Wexford”), Saleh Obaisi, LaTanya Williams, Ann
Davis, and Dr. Baker were deliberately indifferent to his
serious medical condition, and that they intentionally
inflicted emotional distress upon him. Wexford, Williams, and
Davis (hereinafter, “Defendants”) have moved for
summary judgment. For the reasons stated herein, the motion
following facts are undisputed except where noted. Rankin,
who is currently in the custody of the Illinois Department of
Corrections, was housed at Stateville Correctional Center
from February 26, 2013 to February 25, 2015. Defs.' LR
56.1 Stmt. (“Defs.' SOF”) ¶ 6, ECF No.
78. While there, he attended medical appointments with
various providers, including Dr. Davis, a staff physician;
Dr. Obaisi, the prison's medical director; and Williams,
a physician's assistant. Id. ¶¶ 2-4.
attended a “chronic clinic” appointment (for
inmates with chronic conditions such as hypertension, which
Rankin has) with Dr. Davis on April 3, 2013. Id.
¶¶ 3, 8. Rankin reported that he was feeling well
and had no shortness of breath or edema. Id. ¶
9. Dr. Davis concluded that Rankin's cholesterol level
was good, his blood pressure was under control, and he should
continue managing his hypertension with blood-pressure
medication. Id. ¶ 11.
next had a medical appointment on May 23, 2013, when he saw
Williams. Id. ¶ 12. He complained of a rash on
his head and neck and told Williams that he had previously
had knee surgery. Id. Williams examined Rankin and
concluded that his condition was within normal limits and
that he was not in any acute distress. Id. She
prescribed two medications to treat Rankin's rash and
inflammation. Id. ¶ 13.
had another appointment with Dr. Davis on July 19, 2013.
Id. ¶ 15. At this appointment, Rankin reported
that he had been taking his blood-pressure medication and
denied having any chest pain, shortness of breath, or
swelling. Id. Dr. Davis noted that Rankin's
neurological exam was normal, that he had no swelling in his
lower extremities, and that his blood chemistries were
normal. Id. ¶ 17. She renewed his
blood-pressure medications. Id.
days later, on July 24, 2013, Williams prescribed Rankin
clindamycin capsules. Id. ¶ 19. The
prescription was not written at a patient visit, however;
Williams did not see Rankin that day. Id., Ex. B
(“Williams Dep.”) at 20:16-23:1, ECF No. 78-2.
next appointment was on November 18, 2013, when he saw
Williams for a complaint of bumps on the back of his head, as
well as a refill of his blood-pressure medication. Defs.'
SOF ¶ 20. Williams examined Rankin and determined that
his physical condition was within normal limits and that his
heart and lung function was normal. Id. She
concluded that he had folliculitis. Id. She planned
for Rankin to have an appointment with the prison's
medical director on December 26, 2013, and planned to submit
a prescription for a refill of the blood-pressure medication.
Id. ¶ 21. For Rankin's head, she prescribed
two medications, as well as therapeutic shampoo. Id.
thereafter, on November 27, 2013, Rankin had another
appointment with Dr. Davis. Id. ¶ 23. Rankin
reported no chest pain, shortness of breath, or swelling.
Id. Dr. Davis renewed his blood-pressure medication
and prescribed him loratadine (an allergy medication),
Motrin, and triamcinolone cream for a rash. Id.
had an appointment with Dr. Obaisi on December 26, 2013.
Id. ¶ 25. At that time, Rankin complained of
left-shoulder pain and knee pain and stated that he had
difficulty climbing into the top bunk. Id. Dr.
Obaisi concluded that Rankin had tendinitis and stiffness in
his knee and shoulder. Id. ¶ 26. He planned for
Rankin to receive medical permits for a low bunk and a waist
chain. Id. Dr. Davis renewed these medical permits
on January 11, 2014. Id. ¶ 27.
next met with Williams on August 22, 2014, for a complaint of
pain in his right knee. Id. ¶ 28. He indicated
that he had been experiencing knee pain since 2008, and that
he had previously had surgery on his right leg. Id.
According to Rankin, he had worn a knee support while he was
at the Cook County Jail. Id. He told Williams that
taking weight off his right knee caused pain in his left
knee, but that he was “good” with ice and
Naprosyn for the pain. Id. Williams examined Rankin
and noted that he was obese, well-developed, well-nourished,
and in no acute distress; that his heart and lungs were
normal; and that he had decreased range of motion in his
right knee, as well as crepitus in his left knee.
Id. ¶ 30. She assessed that Rankin had
right-leg open reduction internal fixation, meaning that his
leg had been repaired using hardware such as pins, rods, or
screws. Id. ¶ 31. She issued Rankin a permit
for ice, twice per day, for one month, and planned to order
him a knee support. Id. ¶ 32.
saw Dr. Obaisi on October 6, 2014, complaining of a swollen
lip. Id. ¶ 33. Dr. Obaisi prescribed several
medications for Rankin's lip. Id. When Rankin
saw Dr. Obaisi again, approximately one month later, the
issue with his lip had resolved. Id. ¶ 34.
was transferred to Western Illinois Correctional Center on
February 25, 2015. Id. ¶ 35. After arriving
there, he complained to the medical director, Dr. Baker, that
he was having trouble breathing. Id. ¶ 36. Dr.
Baker ordered a sleep study for Rankin. Id. After
undergoing the sleep study, Rankin was diagnosed with sleep
apnea and was issued a CPAP machine, which alleviated his
symptoms to a degree. Id. ¶¶ 37-38;
Pl.'s Resp. Defs.' SOF ¶ 38; Pl.'s SOAF
disputed whether, during Rankin's medical appointments
with Dr. Davis and Williams at Stateville, Rankin told them
that he had been experiencing any problems with his sleep.
Rankin's medical records do not contain any mention of
breathing problems during sleep. Defs.' SOF ¶ 47.
Nonetheless, Rankin testified that he had informed Dr. Davis
during his April 3, 2013, appointment “about [his] head
and everything [he] was getting woke up out of [his]
sleep.” Id., Ex. A (“Rankin Dep.”)
at 63:1-4, ECF No. 78-1. By contrast, Dr. Davis testified