Hospital accused of dumping patient in L.A.'s skid row to pay $500,000
A Sun Valley hospital accused of dumping a mentally disabled patient in the skid row area of Los Angeles will pay $500,000 to local homeless service providers in an agreement reached with the city. Pacifica Hospital of the Valley has also agreed to adopt "thorough and humane discharge policies" following the January incident, in which a patient with a "grave mental disability" was allegedly left in downtown L.A., according to a statement from City Atty. Mike Feuer. As part of the agreement, the hospital did not admit any wrongdoing. The money will go to the Union Rescue Mission, Midnight Mission, L.A. Family Housing and related organizations.
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