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State officials: Las Vegas hospitals sloughing off patients on UMC

Las Vegas Sun, July 18, 2013

I recently reported on a state investigation into improper patient transfers from St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Siena Campus to the region's only public hospital, University Medical Center. The investigation found a systemic pattern of shifting patients from the St. Rose Siena campus in Henderson to UMC, where officials there long suspected they were victims of inappropriate transfers. It turns out, St. Rose was not the only local hospital improperly moving patients to the taxpayer-supported UMC, which is running a deficit this year of about $30 million. Valley Hospital Medical Center, Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Desert Springs Hospital also were found to have "inappropriately transferred" patients to UMC.