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Court Permits Hospital to Evict Patient

Earlier this month, the Lee County Circuit Court permitted Lee Memorial Health System to evict an incapacitated patient who no longer needed acute care services.

The patient, Jason Degraaf, had been admitted on April 15, 2015.  By April 21, 2015 (that is 2015, not 2016), he was ready to be discharged.  But his mother rejected the long-term care facilities that accepted him.

The judge held that the patient’s mother was committing a “continuing trespass.”  She ruled that Lee Memorial is being harmed, because Degraaf’s continued stay was preventing the hospital from meeting its public duty by the loss of a hospital bed.

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