Beverly Hospital agrees to $250,000 patient dumping settlement

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File: Homeless people sit near a mural after waking up before dawn to dismantle their beds and encampments before businesses open Oct. 12, 2007 in the downtown Skid Row area of Los Angeles.

Beverly Hospital of Montebello has agreed to pay the city of Los Angeles $250,000 in civil penalties and legal fees to settle a lawsuit over its alleged illegal dumping of a homeless patient on L.A.'s Skid Row.

The settlement requires the 224-bed facility to pay $200,000 in civil penalties and $50,000 to cover the city's legal fees; strengthen its policies and procedures for discharging homeless patients; and train its staff to avoid similar incidents in the future. 

Patient dumping is "inhumane and I will not tolerate it," Feuer told KPCC's AirTalk Friday. He said he has "reenergized" the city attorney office's focus on the patient dumping issue, in light of reports that the problem has resurfaced over the past year

Feuer said that once his office began discussions with Beverly Hospital, the facility was "very cooperative" and willing to change its practices. 

The city attorney expressed the hope that the settlement will spur other victims of dumping to come forward. 

This story was updated at 12:18 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2013.

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