Navigation Links
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center Responds to ACLU Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has held extensive settlement discussions with the Public Counsel and the ACLU to resolve this case and despite their apparent negotiating tactic we remain optimistic that these discussions will result in an agreement satisfactory to the parties.

The filing of a lawsuit was unnecessary given the progress of our discussions and the fact that HPMC did not receive any document outlining Mr. Olvera's specific claims until a few weeks ago, which has hindered resolution.

The plight of homeless individuals, and the provision of healthcare, is a critical social issue, but the homeless problem can't be solved by HPMC alone. The solutions must come from government, but we are committed to doing our part.

We have stated publicly since the day of this incident that HPMC would never condone dropping an individual at a location without their consent and where accommodations were not apparent. Beginning the day after this incident in February 2007, HPMC initiated a series of steps to ensure it was doing everything possible to prevent anything of the sort from happening again.

After a preliminary investigation of the February 7, 2007 incident, HPMC announced on February 13, 2007 that it had expanded the hospital's "on call" social services staff to cover off-hour placement of homeless patients and begun retraining emergency room personnel on the critical role of the hospital's clinical social workers and the special needs of the homeless.

After thorough review of the incident, HPMC:

-- revised patient discharge policies;

-- required that all patients who need ambulatory assistance receive the

appropriate durable medical equipment upon discharge;

-- placed a referral board in the emergency room to keep written record of

individuals, discharged or not, who might need social services;

-- required emergency room staff to conduct hourly rounds of the lobby to

ensure the needs of any discharged patients are identified, and

-- required our security and transportation contractors to provide signed

acknowledgment of their understanding and commitment to adhere to

hospital policies.

On May 18, 2007, three days after the announcement of a court-approved settlement agreement between the Los Angeles City Attorney and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, HPMC announced it was adopting the same protocols for discharging homeless patients contained in the settlement agreement and would train its staff in accordance with the training required by the settlement. These protocols exceed those required by law and followed by most hospitals.

HPMC has implemented the Kaiser settlement protocols and training, and is in productive discussions with the City Attorney's Office to resolve the issues that remain.

Contact: Tony Knight or Bob Emmers

Sitrick And Company


SOURCE Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. AUDIO from Medialink and P&G: Putting Your Smile in Hollywoods Spotlight
2. Stars Shine on Butterflies Over Hollywood for Lupus Foundation of America
3. Navitas Opens Cancer Rehabilitation Center in Denver in Conjunction With Presbyterian / St. Lukes Medical Center
4. Novant Health(R) Selects Cardiocom(R) to Provide Telemonitoring for Presbyterian Hospital Heart Failure Program
5. The latest about male infertility and testosterone from NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
6. Allergists at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas Say This Years Fall Allergy Season Could be Worst in Decades
7. Former Sufferer of Rare Disease Called Musicogenic Epilepsy Thanks LIJ Medical Team That Ended Her Seizures and Gave Her Back the Gift of Music
8. Cardiva Medical, Inc. Appoints Two New Officers: Malcolm Farnsworth as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Tara Zerby as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing
9. OMI Medical Imaging, Inc. and Affiliated Companies File Chapter 11 Reorganization
10. Dr. Bart Harmon Named Chief Medical Officer for Harris Corporations Healthcare Solutions Business
11. Study Finds Doctors Not Reporting Medical Mistakes
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... Trevor and Taylor ... as they play for the chance to represent the United States. This hybrid ... to be a part of their journey in addition to offering corporate sponsors with ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 01, 2015 , ... The National Association of Professional ... its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious ... for professional women, boasting 850,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters. , ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... Jones as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year ... is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting 850,000 members ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Live ... offer individual vision insurance plans on . The multi-carrier insurance exchange ... and review products, allowing consumers to compare, quote and match plans to meet ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Until now, the St. Louis Fetal ... MOMS (Management of Myelomeningocele Study) trial. One of these exclusion criteria was a BMI ... of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal, 25 - 29.9 is overweight and above ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... , November 30, 2015 ... --> adds a 2015 ... 2010 - 2015 with comprehensive analysis ... range of deal types, such as ... alliances. . ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015  Kevin Smith has ... Healthcare, a global pioneer in wireless monitoring of ... Boston, MA , Mr. Smith will be ... global commercial strategy.  He will also directly oversee ... build clinical evidence for SensiumVitals, the first early ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015  The ... norm in U.S. medical imaging is on ... popular accountable care payer-provider contracts are set ... in their wake, alter provider-vendor relationships. The ... will push forward new purchasing frameworks in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: