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Most of us view hospitals as places of hope and healing. According to a federal lawsuit filed last week, Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital does not fit that bill [1A].
Investigations by both the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica confirm that children confined to Aurora were subjected to physical and/or sexual abuse there [1B].
Child welfare officials at the Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS) allegedly ignored the issues at Aurora due to a shortage of other psychiatric facilities willing to accept DCFS referrals.
Despite an increased number of complaints to the state’s child abuse hotline regarding Aurora, DCFS did not stop referring patients to that hospital until pressure was applied by watchdog groups and state legislators.
For those reasons, DCFS is, also, named in the suit.