“The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has filed criminal charges against hospital giant Kaiser Permanente for endangering a former patient. The charges allege Kaiser dumped a homeless patient on the city’s downtown Skid Row.
The charges stem from video captured by security cameras in March. The footage shows a 63-year-old patient from Kaiser Permanente’s Bellflower hospital, dressed in a hospital gown and slippers, exiting a taxicab on Skid Row. She is later seen shuffling toward the Union Rescue Mission, the city’s largest homeless shelter.
Prosecutors describe what happened to Carol Ann Reyes in a 20-page document supporting the false imprisonment and dependent-care abuse charges. Reyes lived mostly in a public park in Gardena before she was hospitalized. When she was discharged, prosecutors say, she wasn’t told she was being taken to Skid Row.
For many months, L.A. city officials have suspected that medical centers and law-enforcement officials from elsewhere are dropping off their indigent patients in the city’s tough Skid Row area. The criminal charges against Kaiser are the first to be filed in the city’s efforts to crack down on the practice.”