LOS ANGELES -- City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced the settlement of a Skid Row patient dumping case with Beverly Community Hospital Association that requires the hospital to adopt specific protocols for discharging homeless patients and pay $200,000 in civil penalties.
“Patient dumping is inhumane and intolerable,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. “My Office will fight to protect everyone in our community, especially our most vulnerable.”
The settlement resolves a civil enforcement action filed by the City Attorney which alleged that Beverly Hospital had failed to perform a medical screening of a dependent adult with an emergency medical condition, failed to stabilize and transfer that patient and then improperly discharged that homeless patient to Skid Row.
Beverly Community Hospital Association has cooperated with the City Attorney’s Office throughout this process. In addition to adopting a homeless discharge policy, the hospital has implemented a number of revisions to its medical screening and involuntary psychiatric holds policies and procedures.
Deputy City Attorneys Will Jay Pirkey and Travis Austin handled the case.
The City Attorney’s stipulation with Beverly Hospital is attached.