- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles hospital has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations that it discharged a mentally ill patient without telling her family, who lost track of her for days.

Pacifica Hospital of the Valley is one of nearly a half-dozen hospitals that have settled so-called “patient dumping” lawsuits with the city attorney’s office.

In March, Pacifica discharged Kasey Lucious, who had a history of mental illness and homelessness. She was put in a taxi and driven 17 miles to a nursing home but never checked in.

She was found wandering the streets three days later.

Pacifica - which settled a previous suit for $500,000 - didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement announced Thursday.

But the hospital agreed to change its procedures for discharging homeless patients.

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