October 28, 2019

Around the nation: St. Elizabeths Hospital faces lawsuit after patients go 28 days without clean water

Daily Briefing

    Multiple civil rights groups on Wednesday announced they were filing a federal lawsuit against D.C. Department of Behavioral Health Director Barbara Bazron, St. Elizabeths CEO Mark Chastang, and the District of Columbia over the incident, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Georgia, and Mississippi.

    • District of Columbia: St. Elizabeths Hospital, the city's public psychiatric hospital, regained clean water on Wednesday, 28 days after tests found harmful bacteria in the water, the city announced. Multiple civil rights groups on Wednesday announced plans to file a federal class-action lawsuit against D.C. Department of Behavioral Health Director Barbara Bazron, St. Elizabeths CEO Mark Chastang, and the District of Columbia over the incident that left the hospital in unsuitable conditions. "A hospital without water cannot really function as a hospital," said Margaret Hart, counsel at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (March/Delgadillo, DCist, 10/24).

    • Georgia: Former President Jimmy Carter was released from Phoebe Sumter Medical Center after a fall at his home on Monday resulted in a pelvic fracture, the Carter Center announced Thursday. Carter, who at age 95 is the oldest living former president,"is looking forward to continuing to recuperate at his home in Plains, Georgia, and thanks everyone for their kind well wishes," the Carter Center said (Wu, USA Today, 10/24).

    • Mississippi: Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County named James Grantham as administrator and CEO effective Oct. 27. Grantham also serves as administrator and CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville. Grantham succeeds Walter Grace, who is retiring (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/24).
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