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University of Chicago Hospital Settles for $7M

June 30, 2010

When University of Chicago Hospital crowded the babies in spaces meant for one, the Illinois Attorney General sued them and the lawsuit has now been settled for $7,000,000.00. That is welcome money for the State and the community hospitals and clinics who will see more than $5,000,000.00 of that money.

The University of Chicago Medical Center will pay $7 million to settle a lawsuit for crowding babies in spaces meant for one in its preemie unit, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued the medical center in 2006 for violating state licensing regulations by exceeding the capacity of its neonatal ICU. The hospital placed two or more infants in bed spaces designed for one for more than 5,300 patient days between 1997 and 2005, Madigan’s office alleged.

“Double-bunking,” or placing babies in side-by-side cribs in a space designed for one crib–violates industry and state guidelines and may increase the risk of infection, according to MedLaw.com.

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