LOS ANGELES -- Today City Attorney Mike Feuer announced an agreement with Glendale Adventist Medical Center to adopt thorough and humane discharge policies and pay $700,000 in civil penalties, investigative costs and a donation to a homeless service provider. The agreement stems from an incident in June where allegedly Glendale Adventist improperly discharged a homeless patient and transported the individual to Skid Row.
"Patient dumping will not be tolerated and we will continue to work aggressively until it ceases to exist," said City Attorney Mike Feuer. "Every discharged patient, homeless or housed, should be able to recuperate with dignity."
This is the third patient dumping case brought by Feuer since the beginning of the year.
"Glendale Adventist Medical Center has always been deeply committed to providing appropriate discharge options to all patients and we have adjusted our policies to further align with the City of Los Angeles' specific protocols for the discharge of homeless patients,"
said Kevin Roberts, CEO of Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Glendale Adventist does not concede any wrongdoing and has cooperated with the City Attorney’s Office throughout this process.
Assistant City Attorney Tina Hess and Deputy City Attorney Will Pirkey prosecuted the case.
In June, Feuer and his office conducted a presentation for members of the Hospital Association of Southern California on how to humanely and appropriately discharge homeless patients. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between the City Attorney and the Hospital Association to prevent future patient dumping incidents. Glendale Adventist's Roberts has agreed to participate in this effort and advocate to area hospitals to adopt robust and effective homeless patient protocols.
Feuer is also asking for the public’s help and to call his office with any information regarding incidents of patient dumping at 213-978-8340.