Corporate Compliance

Nevada hospital faces suit over alleged denial of treatment

Compliance Monitor, April 13, 2005

A Las Vegas hospital is on trial this week, accused of denying medical care to an indigent man who died on a hospital lawn nearly 10 years ago, the Associated Press (AP) reported April 7.

Rodolfo Anguiano, 34, died of pneumonia outside Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center on July 20, 1995, after arriving in an ambulance and giving unclear descriptions of his symptoms. According to the lawyer for Anguiano's family, Sunrise staff were callous and negligent in refusing to treat the deceased. The lawyer noted in court that Sunrise's Susan Meyer, MD, characterized Anguiano as "foul smelling" and "filthy" and said he suffered from "chronic homelessness," the AP reported.

Sunrise attorney Michael Prangle said the hospital is not responsible because Anguiano did not look ill and experienced a sudden event.

According to the AP, Anguiano's case drew added attention in the 1990s when Columbia/HCA Healthcare--the parent company for Sunrise--was accused of limiting treatment of uninsured patients because it put profits above care for the poor.

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