City Attorney Claims Medical Center Dumped Patient On Skid Row

Los Angeles City attorney Mike Feuer announced his office has filed a civil law enforcement acting against Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center, alleging the facility dumped a mentally ill homeless patient on Skid Row and failed to provide proper discharge care in on several occasions for the same patient.

The woman is 38 years old, homeless, and schizophrenic, with a history of mental and physical problems. She was left in front of the union rescue mission after a van bearing the Tri City Regional Medical Center logo left her there, wearing nothing but a paper hospital gown. Tri- City is the former name for Gardens Regional, which refused to comment on the lawsuit.

Investigators from the city attorney eventually found the woman, covered in her own waste, ants and flies, living behind the dumpster of a Hawaiian Gardens Liquor Store. She is now at a health care facility.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction against Gardens Regional, prohibiting anyone employed there from failing to follow proper procedure when discharging patients, with penalties of $2500 per violation.

Feuer has also set up a hospital dumping hotline at 213-978-8340 for the public to call in with reports of hospital vans leaving patients at locations without prior arrangements, be it Skid Row or anywhere else in the city.

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