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Two Hospitals Penalized for Dumping Patients on L.A.’s Skid Row

By Sandy Sand     Apr 9, 2009 in Crime
In a scandal that rocked the hospital industry, two Southern California facilities were handed stiff fines for dumping mentally ill patients on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.
College Hospitals in the two Orange County cities of Costa Mesa and Cerritos were found guilty of transporting homeless, psychiatric patients to downtown shelters and abandoning them on their doorsteps.
Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said:
"We will not stand idly by while society's most vulnerable are dumped in the gutters of Skid Row."
Many of the patients were found roaming aimlessly, wearing nothing more that dirty hospital gowns, some still having I.V. tubes in their arms. L.A. city officials had alleged that the two hospitals dumped as many as 150 patients over a two-year period.
Under the settlement, the hospitals agreed to give $1.2 million to charities that care for the mentally ill and homeless and to pay $400,000 in civil penalties.
In was seems like the theatre of the absurd, while College Hospitals agreed to pay the penalties, while at the same time their attorney Glenn Solomon said that although:
…a settlement had been reached and denied any wrongdoing by the hospitals.
In addition, the hospitals agreed to never transport patients to Los Angeles again, and are required to develop protocols to discharging psychiatric patients to:
"…ensure homeless psychiatric patients will have the dignity and the continuum of care that everyone leaving a hospital deserves."
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