Texas hospital to pay $695,000 to family of patient who died
DALLAS (AP) — A public hospital in Dallas will pay $695,000 to the family of a psychiatric patient who died in 2011 after mental health aides wrestled him to the floor in what regulators later called an illegal and dangerous maneuver.
The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that the settlement ends a civil rights lawsuit brought six years ago by the estate of George Cornell against Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Cornell’s death was the flashpoint in a series of patient-care failures that threatened to shut down the hospital earlier this decade. The newspaper found that Parkland mismanaged patient care for years through breakdowns in supervision, prompting federal and state investigations.
Federal officials installed safety monitors; top executives were swept from office; and the hospital spent at least $60 million to improve supervision and care.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com