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Hospital reaches settlement over ADA non-compliance allegations

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a settlement agreement with Danbury Hospital, which owns and operates Morganti Wound Care Center to resolve allegations the center was not operating in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

A patient who uses a wheelchair alleged that he was denied full and equal access to the services provided by Morganti Wound Care Center based on his disability, when he attempted to receive medical treatment.  Specifically, he alleged that he was told he must reschedule his appointment because they did not have the equipment or training necessary to transfer him from his wheelchair to the examination table.

Danbury Hospital is taking steps to ensure that each of its outpatient facilities has and will maintain access to a Hoyer lift, and has implemented other practices to transfer a patient onto examination tables, or other equipment, safely.  Danbury Hospital has also agreed to compensate the complainant in the amount of $10,000.

Acting U.S. Attorney Boyle noted that Danbury Hospital was cooperative with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and is committed to addressing the issues raised by the ADA investigation without litigation.

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