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by Mark5019 / March 5, 2005 5:13 AM PST

A Marin County judge refused Friday to order sheriff's officers to evict an 82-year-old woman who has refused to leave a bed at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center for more than a year.

Superior Court Judge John Sutro granted a request by the Marin County Sheriff's Department to delay the removal of Sarah Nome, who can't stand or walk and says she has nowhere else to go.

"It's an extremely unfortunate situation," said Sutro, who acknowledged that Nome had been unreasonable. "How do you deal with someone who refuses to cooperate in any manner? It's a problem, and you want me to put it off on the sheriff. ... All of us have a responsibility not to abandon a woman who is apparently incapacitated."

Nome was served with an eviction notice Friday that Kaiser had obtained earlier but never enforced. Attorneys for the hospital asked Sutro on Friday to order that the writ of eviction be carried out by the Sheriff's Department.

Sutro's position, however, is that he cannot in good conscience order her removal unless there is a place for the sheriff to take her. He agreed to revisit the issue March 14, but now Kaiser officials say they are facing a bizarre Catch 22.

Nome will not agree to go home and has refused to be placed in any of the available care facilities, but the hospital cannot get rid of her until a place is found.

"It's disappointing," said Stanley Watson, senior counsel for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. "We tried to approach this situation in a caring and compassionate way, and in the process we've been played."

The curious standoff is getting more bitter as the weeks tick off and Nome remains intransigent despite increasing pressure by hospital officials to force her out.


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Shhh! not so loud or others will emulate her and we'll never
by Ziks511 / March 5, 2005 8:50 AM PST
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free up those beds!! A chronic problem in all hospitals and the reason they have so many social workers and placement agents. It's not just a full time job trying to place the elderly it's a full time job for a whole lot of people. And I'm going to be one of the placee's sooner than I'd like.

Rob Boyter

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Simple. The hospital should bill the county and/or the court
by Kiddpeat / March 5, 2005 10:26 AM PST
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system for the cost of her care. I wonder what the wonderful court system would do with that.

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