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Failing Chicago hospital cited for health, safety violations

Chicago Tribune, October 22, 2008

Chicago's Lincoln Park Hospital has been in violation of Illinois health and safety codes that put patients at risk and threaten the facility's ability to get federal funding in the future, according to state and federal health records and a national hospital accreditor. The hospital, which is closing in the face of financial troubles, has been operating since at least July despite the violations. They include ineffective communication among staff and inadequate monitoring of patients, according to records. In addition, its policies related to "infant abduction security" were flawed, state health officials said.