William Crawford Jr.
Tribune Task Force member William Crawford reports that one particular patient at Northeast Community Hospital, an alcoholic, was encouraged by his doctor to visit the hospital when he wasn't feeling well, resulting in six visits to the hospital in six months.
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Task Force Report
From the editor's note: "A diffuse network of flophouse operators, ambulance companies and a "patient recruiter" help keep the beds filled with public aid patients at Northeast Community Hospital, the city's largest private alcoholic treatment center. In this, the third of a series, Tribune Task Force Director Pamela Zekman and reporters Jay Branegan, William Crawford and William Gaines take a look at the patient recruiting system."
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