State agency fines hospital $45,000in forcible removal case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s health care agency has issued a $45,000 fine to the hospital where a woman died after being forcibly removed.

In a 30-page document issued Wednesday, the Agency for Health Care Administration lists four counts against Calhoun-Liberty Hospital — three related to access to emergency care and services and one count of failure to evaluate a patient grievance.

AHCA Secretary Elizabeth Dudek recently called the deficiencies at the Blountstown hospital “egregious.” The facility must submit correction plans by Friday and have them in place by March 1 to avoid being suspended from Florida’s Medicaid program.

On Dec. 21, 57-year old Barbara Dawson died of a blood clot in her lungs after collapsing in the hospital parking lot while being handcuffed. Dawson refused to leave the emergency room after complaining of shortness of breath. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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