2nd hospi­tal adopts pa­tient dis­charge plan

Hol­ly­wood Pres­by­te­rian, un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a home­less para­plegic was left on skid row in Fe­bru­ary, vows to fol­low Kaiser’s new pro­to­col.

Los Angeles Times - - California - By Richard Win­ton

Hol­ly­wood Pres­by­te­rian Med­i­cal Cen­ter, ac­cused of dump­ing a home­less para­plegic pa­tient on a skid row street, an­nounced Fri­day that it would adopt the same dis­charge rules for the home­less as Kaiser Per­ma­nente agreed to this week to re­solve crim­i­nal charges and law­suits by the Los An­ge­les city at­tor­ney.

Kaiser’s set­tle­ment with the city at­tor­ney re­quires that it es­tab­lish new dis­charge pro­to­cols for home­less pa­tients and pro­vide more train­ing for em­ploy­ees, and calls for mon­i­tor­ing by re­tired U.S. Dis­trict Judge Lour­des G. Baird.

Hol­ly­wood Pres­by­te­rian’s set­tle­ment terms, un­like Kaiser’s, do not re­quire an out­side mon­i­tor.

City Atty. Rocky Del­gadillo said his of­fice has an “ac­tive and on­go­ing” in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Hol­ly­wood Pres­by­te­rian re­lated to the dump­ing of a home­less para­plegic man in Fe­bru­ary and oth­ers. “This an­nounce­ment by it­self doesn’t im­pact our in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said. Del­gadillo also said he hopes all hos­pi­tals adopt the pro­to­cols and that some “bad ac­tors” may need mon­i­tor­ing.

Hol­ly­wood Pres­by­te­rian is one of 10 hos­pi­tals be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the city at­tor­ney in more than 50 cases of dump­ing in down­town L.A. over the last two years. In Fe­bru­ary, the 54year-old dis­charged Hol­ly­wood Pres­by­te­rian pa­tient, wear­ing a soiled hospi­tal gown and with his colostomy bag still at­tached, was found crawl­ing in the gut­ter near a skid row park.

Po­lice said that as on­look­ers de­manded help for the man, the driver for a van com­pany work­ing for the hospi­tal ap­plied makeup and per­fume be­fore speed­ing off.

Hospi­tal of­fi­cials ac­knowl­edged that some pro­ce­dures weren’t fol­lowed. They said they have made changes and will make more.

Kay­lor E. Shem­berger, Hol­ly­wood Pres­by­te­rian’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said the hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tors “felt it ap­pro­pri­ate to be one of the first hos­pi­tals in Los An­ge­les to re­spond to the city at­tor­ney’s re­quest to get on board with the pro­to­cols.”

richard.win­ton@la­times.com

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