Niece Testifies About Disputed Patient Transfer

The niece of a man who allegedly was denied emergency treatment at Panorama Community Hospital testified Thursday that it was she--not the hospital's emergency physician--who decided to take the man to a county hospital because he was not insured.

The testimony of Laura Sulit of Arleta supported defense attorneys' contentions that Dr. Stephen C. Acosta did not refuse to treat 67-year-old Felix Talag when he came to the hospital's emergency room on April 11, 1987.

Acosta could lose his medical license if charges that he denied treatment to Talag are upheld by a state Medical Board panel, which has been holding a hearing into the matter this week. The four-member panel is expected to conclude its hearing today.

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