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May 21, 2013

Calif. to go after Las Vegas hospital over patient-dumping

By Philip Reese and Cynthia Hubert
Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Years before a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital bused a homeless, schizophrenic man to Sacramento without arranging contacts or a plan for care, a different hospital ditched Gabino Olvera on Skid Row in Los Angeles.

Olvera, homeless and paraplegic, still dressed in his hospital gown and connected to a catheter bag, was found dragging himself along a gutter in 2007.

The case and others like it motivated the city of Los Angeles to adopt one of the toughest "patient-dumping" laws in the nation.

Full story: L.A. poised to go after Las Vegas hospital in patient-dumping cases