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Hospital News: Colorado Hospital Settles Suit With Indian Tribe; In Dallas, ‘Problems Persist’ At Parkland

Denver Post: Cortez Hospital Inks Landmark Civil Rights Settlement With Indian Tribe
Two years ago, a Cortez hospital turned away a Ute Mountain Ute woman who was seeking treatment because she allegedly had been raped. ... The settlement inked this week between the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Southwest Health Systems Inc., the company which operates Southwest Memorial Hospital, establishes new policies to ensure tribal members who come off reservations for medical treatment aren't discriminated against. ... According to those familiar with the story, a physician told her to go back to the reservation because Indian Health Services too often fails to reimburse the hospital for the care of indigent Native Americans (Lofholm, 2/14).

The Dallas Morning News: Hospital To Pay Plano $1 Million In Corporate Sponsorship Deal
A Plano hospital has agreed to pay the city $1 million over five years in a sponsorship deal that will give the hospital limited advertising rights at more than a dozen public facilities. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano will receive signs, track decals and other mentions at four of the city’s recreation centers (Kim, 2/15).

The Dallas Morning News: Parkland Safety Report Says Problems Persist
Life-threatening problems persist at Parkland Memorial Hospital and are more widespread than previously known, enabled by a "business as usual" culture that has kept it from fixing serious breakdowns, according to a report obtained by The Dallas Morning News. The report by the Alvarez & Marsal Healthcare Industry Group details hundreds of problems in "nearly every aspect of the system." The monitors were installed last November as a condition of continued federal funding (Moffeit, Egerton, Dunklin and Jacobson, 2/14).

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