University of Maryland Medical Center officials respond after a woman is discharged wearing only a hospital gown

Screencap courtesy Facebook

Officials at the University of Maryland Medical Center said a video depicting a woman, seemingly in distress, and wearing just a hospital gown and socks, represents a failure on their part.

The incident happened on Jan. 9 at the Emergency Department of University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus and video of it spread across Facebook.

“While there are many circumstances of this patient’s case that we cannot address publicly, in the end we clearly failed to fulfill our mission with this patient, no matter the circumstances of her case or the quality of the clinical care we provided in the hospital (which is not depicted in the video),” Media Relations Manager Kelly Swann told The Baltimore Beat by way of an emailed statement. “We are taking this matter very seriously, conducting a thorough review, and are evaluating the appropriate response, including the possibility of personnel action.”

Baltimore-based mental health counselor Imamu Baraka posted three videos of the incident. The first shows a group of men, seemingly hospital security, walking away from the woman.

“So ya’ll are going to just leave this lady out here? With no clothes on? That is not okay.” Baraka says, following the men with his camera on.

“Due to the circumstances of what it was…” one of the men responds.

He also asks if there’s a supervisor available, and one of the men says that he is one. The men eventually disappear inside the hospital.

Baraka notes that at the time, it was about 30 degrees, and tries to speak to the woman who seems disoriented and upset.

In the second video, he is heard off camera trying to comfort the woman and trying to get her to sit down on the bench at a bus stop. The video ends when an emergency vehicle pulls up.

“Here they come,” he tells her. “They are coming for you.”

  • Tammy Kennedy

    What a crap statement Kelly Swann, to say you can’t publicly address this person’s situation with the hospital,yet you can allow them to be put out on the street. Why even respond to this if you’re not going to “say anything.”… this is the crap we get fed from organizations, Kelly is suppose to be representing the this hospital, yet she’s saying nothing? What a way to hide from the truth and reality.

    • Beth M

      Agreed somewhat, but it may be partially because of HIPAA. It does suck, though. I want more, too!

  • There should be prison time for all the men that dumped her, and for hospital leadership. I realize, there will be no justice however. How could anyone do such a thing? And I can’t thank Imamu Baraka enough for showing the compassion and care that the hospital should have shown in the first place.

  • Andrea James

    Highest respect for this man who stood up for and helped this woman in need.

    • I’m sure he couldn’t imagine not helping. It’s just basic human decency. Still, in this messed up world, his simple act of respect and kindness is to be commended.

  • Molly Dockery

    Usually there are cameras around hospital’s entrances. I would not be surprised if sercurity erased a month worth of coverage. I guess we all know she was not the first to be dump so casually at the bus stop? I think if you interview the bus drivers on that route and time slot they could tell the public some stories. The whole hospital should be under investigation and jobs should be lost. But this is what happen when the laws/policies legally give institutions the right to remove/dump. Everybody want rights over righteousness…because it all boils down to money over morals. Thank you, Imamu Baraka for posting this horrific footage. Shame on Kelly.

  • Al O

    What the spokeswoman from the U of Maryland hospital really meant was: we are very sorry we got caught.

  • Crystal giguere

    This by far has been the most disturbing video I’ve ever watched.
    UMMC you should be ashamed of yourselves as so called professionals and as Human Beings. This was beyond rotten, whoever authorized this lady to be discharged that way should be fired and sued. So terrible that the people who are suppose to save lives almost took one. I’m appalled by such un ethical doings. I hope this Woman and her family get Justice.
    Also to the gentleman who helped her…God Bless You.

  • L. A.

    My husband was a surgeon in the Baltimore area. One of his male patients wanted to be discharged by taxi. In those days, the hospital had rule that the patient couldn’t be discharged to go home in a taxi—that’s how strict it was a few years ago. So, my husband, the surgeon drove the man to his house when he was ready to be discharged from the hernia surgery. I think someone from University of Md hospital should have driven this woman to her home.

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