Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta is being allowed to close a dialysis center after a judge ruled that patients who sued to keep the unit open were not entitled to the care.
Judge allows Grady to close dialysis center
Illegal immigrants who were being treated at the center for end-stage renal disease were told the unit would be closing and they would have to return to their native countries, Honduras and Mexico, or relocate to a state that provides care regardless of immigration status, according to the order written by Judge Ural Glanville in the Fulton County Superior Court. The patients contended that Grady's dialysis center was the only such treatment facility in the state for them, and sought an injunction to the closing.
But Glanville said in his order that the patients had not provided sufficient evidence to support their claim and that they did not have a constitutional right to care. He added that allowing the injunction and ordering the hospital to maintain the center might have a negative effect on the services the hospital provides for a wider community, according to the order. The financially strapped, 667-bed hospital is the Atlanta region's safety net facility and has been struggling in the recession (Print subscription required.).
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