Gardens Regional Hospital to Pay $450,000 to L.A., Settles Homeless Patient Dumping Lawsuit

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Gardens Regional Hospital & Medical Center is shown in a Los Angeles Times photo. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Two years after it dumped a homeless woman on skid row with no identification and wearing only paper pajamas, a Hawaiian Gardens hospital has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles, the city attorney’s office announced.

City Atty. Mike Feuer sued Gardens Regional Hospital & Medical Center last year after the woman, identified in the suit as Jane Roe to protect her privacy, was dropped off by a hospital van in 2014. She was found wandering the streets and eventually ended up in front of Union Rescue Mission.

The suit accused Gardens Regional of repeatedly dumping patients, including this woman, without appropriate treatment or discharge plans. In the last three years, Feuer has filed similar lawsuits against several other hospitals and reached settlements in six of them, netting $3 million in fines and penalties.

Gardens Regional did not have to admit wrongdoing as part of its settlement, Feuer said.

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