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Dr. Drew Pinsky leaves Las Encinas Hospital, which faces renewed scrutiny

March 6, 2010 | 11:25 am

Photo: Dr. Drew Pinsky, who led the chemical dependency unit at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital, has left the post. Credit: VH1 / April 16, 2009Celebrity physician Dr. Drew Pinsky confirmed this week that he is leaving his post as co-medical director of Aurora Las Encinas Hospital's chemical dependency program.

Pinsky, who has led the chemical dependency unit at the hospital for at least 19 years, did not respond to questions about why he left, beyond confirming his departure to The Times through his agent.

Pinsky's departure comes as the high-end psychiatric hospital in Pasadena, where four patients died and one was raped in recent years, faces renewed scrutiny after inspectors learned of several recent escapes and near-suicides.

Las Encinas has been notified that it risks losing federal financial support after the latest incidents, one of which involved a woman known to be suicidal who was able to remove a battery from a TV remote-control device and swallow it. Several days after that, she broke a mirror and swallowed glass.

Another woman with a history of suicide attempts was discovered attempting to hang herself from a faucet with ties from the back of a hospital gown.

Read more here.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo: Dr. Drew Pinsky, who led the chemical dependency unit at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital, has left the post. Credit: VH1


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