WAUCHULA, Florida (AP) - A southwest Florida hospital that treats brain injuries has emerged from bankruptcy, nearly a year after a state investigation into reports of patient abuse and neglect at the facility.
The Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation Inc. and three affiliated corporations filed for bankruptcy in Tampa earlier this year. The hospital announced Thursday that a judge has approved its reorganization plan after the hospital says it improved its cash flow.
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In January, reports revealed the hospital owed between $3 million and $30 million to 103 to 346 creditors.
Past abuse allegations claim staffers abused two autistic patients and another where a patient swallowed fish hooks and batteries in an attempt to escape.
A spokeswoman said negative media reports led to a significant decline in revenue. The hospital remained open during the bankruptcy proceedings and maintains it is one of the best brain injury facilities nationally.