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CEO: Hospital Will Cooperate With Investigation

Barbara Dawson
Posted at 6:25 PM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2016-05-27 07:42:47-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The latest news on the death of a Florida woman after being forcibly removed from a hospital by police. 

The CEO of Calhoun Liberty Hospital says officials will cooperate with state authorities to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a Florida woman who collapsed as police forcibly removed her from the hospital. Ruth Attaway made the announcement during a news conference Wednesday. Attaway refused to answer why hospital staff called Blountstown Police early Monday morning to remove 57-year-old Barbara Dawson.

Attaway said the only time hospital staff ask police to remove patients is when there is a concern about other patients' safety.

Dawson collapsed while being escorted in handcuffs to a police car. She was readmitted to the hospital, and later died.