New Center Will Provide Place For Homeless Patients To Recover After Hospital Discharges
The nearly $700,000 annual cost of the center is being shouldered by six Ventura County-area hospitals in a unique partnership.
Ventura County Star:
No Place To Go: Hospitals Struggle In Discharging Homeless Patients
The homeless man came in a taxi, carrying hospital discharge papers suggesting possible medical needs staff at an Oxnard shelter said they couldn't meet. Another patient without a home was kept in St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard for 182 days until hospital employees found a center that could provide follow-up care. ... Hospitals everywhere struggle with the same problem: Finding a place to send patients who are well enough to be discharged but have no place to complete their recovery. In Ventura County, the issue has triggered concern from homeless shelters and hospitals and is now spawning a 12-bed recuperative care center set to open July 1 at the Salvation Army in downtown Ventura. (Kisken, 5/26)