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$125,000 settlement in patient dumping lawsuit

March 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A local lawsuit over alleged patient dumping has been settled.

The Centinela Freeman Holdings Company, which is the former owner of Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center, has agreed to pay $125,000 in fines and penalties. Although the company agreed to pay, it did not acknowledge any wrongdoing.

The lawsuit stemmed from a 2007 incident in which a homeless woman with a chronic lung problem was allegedly left at a homeless shelter.

Centinela Freeman Holdings also agreed to an injunction that prohibits it from discharging homeless patients to the streets or shelters.