The Texas hospital that admits it mistakenly sent home a man with Ebola has a spotty emergency room record, with waits well above the national and state averages, according to federal data. In addition, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has been penalized by the federal government three years in a row for having too many patients who had to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge, although its record in that area is improving.
The 658-bed hospital is under intensifying scrutiny because it sent home Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who showed up in the emergency room with a fever only to be misdiagnosed and released. Two days later, Duncan returned to the hospital, where he tested positive for Ebola. In the interim, he was contagious and dozens of people may have had contact with him.