Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Hospital agrees to pay $1 million for leaving a homeless man with paraplegia on a downtown street in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Times reports that Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has agreed to pay $1 million and be monitored by a former US attorney for up to five years following charges that it left a homeless man with paraplegia on LA's skid row in a hospital gown and colostomy bag. The resolution marks the largest settlement so far in LA's efforts "to crack down on hospitals and other institutions" that leave patients along skid row. As part of the settlement, the hospital has agreed to adopted new discharge rules and to "enhance services for homeless patients."

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