The Hospital Association of Southern California is establishing a program to transition homeless patients from inpatient care to a recuperative-care setting.
Calif. program aims to aid homeless patients
In partnership with the National Health Foundation and West Coast University, the association will set up the Los Angeles Recuperative Care Program. The residential program, staffed by medical and social service workers, will be located in mid-city Los Angeles. In addition to serving medical needs, the program will refer patients to housing organizations. West Coast University, a nursing school, is donating $50,000 to launch the program, which is modeled after one in Orange County, Calif.
“We are very enthusiastic about the recuperative-care program in Los Angeles,” said Jaime Garcia, regional vice president for the Hospital Association of Southern California, in a statement. “Too often, homeless patients have no alternative other than to remain in an acute-care hospital longer than is necessary,”
In recent years, a number of hospitals in the Los Angeles area have settled with the City Attorney’s office over dumping homeless patients on Skid Row. In 2008, the city passed an ordinance making it a misdemeanor for health facilities to transport patients to destinations other than their residences without patients’ written consent.
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