In our last post about Barbara Dawson, the Florida woman who died after being forcibly removed from a hospital where she sought medical treatment, we wondered whether Calhoun Liberty Hospital would be sued for medical malpractice and charged with dumping under EMTALA law. The verdict is in, and it’s not pretty: while no lawsuits against Calhoun Liberty have been reported yet, the hospital has been cited by Florida’s AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) for 10 deficiencies and asked to draft a plan for addressing those issues. Here are more details about this tragic medical malpractice story.
Federal and Florida laws require hospitals to treat patients who arrive with emergency medical conditions. Sadly, these laws did not prevent middle-aged woman Barbara Dawson from becoming the next victim of medical malpractice, and possibly racial and economic discrimination by the very last hospital where she sought help.