At a recent conference for Investigative Reporters, I watched a dynamite story from Denver on a hospital that lost hundreds of items patients brought in with them. The most disturbing: a prosthetic eye. See the story here.
Not above borrowing a great idea, I asked two of our local hospitals for the same information (Harris County Hospital District & UTMB are the only public hospitals subject to Texas' Public Information Laws). The Hospital District was very quick in providing their (short) list.
It is so short we decided against a story - but here is the list so you can see it yourself:
|Description of Property||Date lost||Value||Name of Hospital/Clinic||Location Last Seen|
|Cash||2/14/2007||100||Ben Taub General Hospital||Emergency Center, Shock Room #1|
|Wheelchair||2/17/2007||not provided||LBJ General Hospital||Restroom|
|Cologne bottles||1/28/2007||150||Ben Taub General Hospital||Emergency Center, 1 South|
|Cash||2/26/2007||1400||Ben Taub General Hospital||Emergency Center|
|Gold grill teeth cap||7/19/2007||900||Ben Taub General Hospital||Security Office|
|Cash||8/22/2007||20||LBJ General Hospital||Admitting|
|Medication||9/17/2007||LBJ General Hospital||Emergency Center|
|MP4 Player, with accessories||9/28/2007||100||Ben Taub General Hospital||Hospital, 4th floor|
|Cash||10/23/2007||not provided||Ben Taub General Hospital||Security office|
|Cash||10/24/2007||220||Ben Taub General Hospital||Emergency Center|
|Cash||11/1/2007||1500||Ben Taub General Hospital||Security office|
|Cash, Cellphone||4/2/2008||120||LBJ General Hospital||Emergency Center Unit 2|
|Silver colored ring||4/30/2008||not provided||LBJ General Hospital||Emergency Center, Shock Room #1|
I just got UTMB's and it is similar. I will post it for a soon.