The University of Maryland Medical Center In Baltimore is investigating how a woman was discharged, wearing only a gown and hospital socks, at a bus stop at night.
A bystander posted a video in Facebook showing her mumbling and coughing in the frigid weather. He tells her an ambulance has been called after security officers walk away. The ambulance then returns her to the medical center’s emergency room.
A statement from the hospital Wednesday expressed “shock and disappointment.” It confirmed that the woman was discharged Tuesday night from the emergency department of its Midtown campus.
“This unfortunate event is not representative of our patient-centered mission,” the statement said.
“While there are many circumstances of this patient’s case that we cannot address publicly, in the end we clearly failed to fulfill our mission with this patient, no matter the circumstances of her case or the quality of the clinical care we provided in the hospital (which is not depicted in the video).”
The hospital said it is evaluating an appropriate response, “including the possibility of personnel action.”