LA Hospital To Pay $550K Following Investigation Into Hundreds Of Cases Of Patient Dumping
Dumping homeless patients -- discharging them when they have nowhere to go other than a shelter unequipped to handle their medical needs -- is a national issue that has hit California particularly hard.
The Associated Press:
LA Hospital To Pay $550K In Homeless Patient Dumping Case
A Los Angeles hospital suspected of discharging hundreds of homeless patients and dumping them at bus and train stations instead of shelters or other facilities agreed to pay a $550,000 legal settlement, prosecutors announced Monday. Silver Lake Medical Center, which operates a 118-bed psychiatric facility, agreed to stop the practice and put policies in place to make sure homeless patients are delivered to facilities that can care for them, City Attorney Mike Feuer said. (7/2)