Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has settled charges that it left a paraplegic man crawling around downtown Los Angeles’ skid row in a hospital gown and colostomy bag. In other words, they dumped the man. The Medical Center agreed to pay $1 million and be monitored by a former U.S. Attorney for up to five years. The resolution marks the largest settlement thus far in the City of Los Angeles’ efforts to crack down on hospitals and other institutions that “dump” patients along skid row. Kaiser agreed to a smaller settlement last year. Currently, the city attorney’s office is investigating more than a dozen other hospital and medical offices suspected of dumping.
As part of the settlement, Hollywood Presbyterian agreed to adopt new discharge rules and enhance services for homeless patients. The one million dollars will go to nonprofit groups that aid indigent and homeless patients in the Hollywood area and other parts of the city. It’s impossible to comprehend that any hospital – regardless of location – would do what this medical center did. It’s an example of how little concern some folks have for their fellow human beings. This was a heartless example of the worst of what appears to have been countless episodes of patient dumping.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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