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Timeline of events at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital

December 2006: A 26-year-old patient who sought treatment for addiction, Leo Grassini, dies after staff members fail to check on him for 24 hours, despite a doctor’s order that he be monitored very closely. November 2007: Grassini’s father, Lawrence, alerts state and federal regulators, urging an investigation to prevent “future predictable deaths.” April 2008: Jeffrey Hearn, 28, admitted for treatment of drug addiction, dies of an overdose of contraband prescription medications smuggled in by another patient. April 2008: Alex Clyburn, 23, is found dead in his room after being prescribed medication for drug addiction; staffers do not follow a doctor’s order to continuously monitor him. May 2008: A memo from the nursing director warns staff members they can be fired if caught sleeping on the job. August 2008: A 43-year-old bipolar patient, Timur Otus, hangs himself with a plastic bag from the beam of a dilapidated shed. August 2008: A 14-year-old girl reports being raped in her hospital room by a 16-year-old patient. Sources say hospital staffers and the suspect’s probation officer were sleeping during the assault. November 2008: Inspectors say the hospital could lose federal funding. May 2009: Officials say the hospital is again under federal compliance. June 2009: A suicidal patient swallows a battery from a TV remote control. A week later, she breaks her bathroom’s mirror and swallows shattered glass. August 2009: Chronic under-staffing has compromised patient care, former employees allege in a lawsuit against the hospital’s owner. August 2009: A suicidal patient tries to hang herself, using the strings on a hospital gown that have been attached to a faucet handle on a bathroom sink. She survives. January 2010: Federal officials say the hospital may lose its federal funding. Source: Times reporting by Rong-Gong Lin II


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