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Patient Files Lawsuit Over Dignity Health Hospital Denying Him Hysterectomy

“It devastated me, and I don’t want it to affect my transgender brothers and sisters the way it affected me,” Evan Michael Minton said Tuesday. “No one should have to go through that.”

Sacramento Bee: Transgender Patient Sues Dignity Health For Discrimination Over Hysterectomy Denial 
More than seven months after a Dignity Health hospital refused a hysterectomy to a Sacramento-area transgender patient, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday on his behalf. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that Dignity discriminated against Evan Michael Minton, 35, a former state Capitol legislative aide, when he sought a hysterectomy as part of his transition from female to male. (Buck and Caiola, 4/20)

In other hospital news —

The Wall Street Journal: Cybersecurity Startup Tanium Exposed California Hospital’s Network In Demos Without Permission
For years, cybersecurity startup Tanium Inc. pitched its software by showing it working in the network of a hospital it said was a client, according to people familiar with the matter and videos of the demonstrations. That and other efforts helped the company grow quickly, notching a valuation of $3.5 billion and a big investment from Andreessen Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent venture firms. But Tanium never had permission to present the demos, the hospital said, meaning a company selling security actually was giving outsiders an unauthorized look at information from inside its customer’s system. (Winkler, 4/19)

The San Diego Union-Tribune: One Local Hospital Keeps Getting Top Grade For Patient Safety From National Group 
For the past three years, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has been the only hospital in San Diego County to consistently receive the top grade for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit. Leapfrog has become widely recognized for its rankings of medical centers based on factors such as rates of death, infection-control efforts and whether hospital workers follow established standards for everything from washing their hands to preventing surgical mistakes. (Sisson, 4/20)

Los Angeles Times: Mother Of Baby Who Caught Superbug Says UC Irvine Hospital Didn’t Tell Her About The Outbreak
The mother of one of 10 infants hit by a potentially lethal superbug at UC Irvine Medical Center disputed this week the hospital administration’s claim that parents were told about the outbreak. Briana Walker of Mission Viejo said the hospital staff did not explain when her son tested positive for the bacteria last month that other infants were already being treated for the same infections. She had begun to believe, she said, that her husband or another family member had unknowingly brought the superbug into the intensive care unit from outside. (Petersen, 4/19)

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