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August 22, 2014

Family: Man died because cardiac hospital closed ER

A cash-strapped Calif. hospital specializing in heart health stopped its emergency ambulance services, and family members say Booker Williams died because paramedics couldn't bring him there

New York Daily News

SAN PABLO, Calif. — A grieving California family says it lost a loved one because a cash-strapped hospital refused to accept patients arriving by ambulance.

San Pablo's Doctors Medical Center stopped its emergency ambulance service earlier this month in a desperate move to recover from an $18 million budget deficit.

That decision was a fatal one, one family claimed: Booker Williams died from cardiac arrest at another hospital because paramedics wouldn't take him to Doctors Medical Center, which specializes in heart health.

Read full storyCalifornia man dies from cardiac arrest after specialized heart hospital refuses ambulance patients, family claims

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