Assisted living facility not notified of hospital release before resident found dead

Updated: Apr. 24, 2015 at 3:31 PM EDT
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Leverne Reed (Photo Source: CCSO)
Leverne Reed (Photo Source: CCSO)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The owners of a North Charleston assisted living facility say they were never notified that one their residents was released from a hospital nine days before he was found dead.

Sixty-three-year-old Leverne Reed was living at Cabading Homes, a residential care facility on Dorchester Road.

Cabading Homes administrator Alan Cabading says Reed was disoriented and confused when he was taken by ambulance to Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital on April 9.

A hospital spokesman says after Reed was treated, he was alert and the hospital paid for a cab to take him back home.

The coroner says Reed was dropped off at the intersection of Rivers and Dorchester.

Last Saturday he was found dead in the marsh on Quitman Street a little more than a mile away.

Alan Cabading say he was never informed Reed was discharged from the hospital and assumed he was admitted.

According to an incident report one of Reed's caretakers requested the hospital to contact them prior to his release.

A Bon Secours St. Francis spokesman says they only notify a care facility that a patient has been released if special treatment is needed.

A resident who identified himself as Reed's roommate says he was surprised to learn Reed died.

"All I can say is he just lie in the bed all the time, all day and all night and just lay there," Herbert Green said.

The Charleston County Coroner's Office is having trouble finding Reed's family members.

Cabading says Reed left no emergency contact information while he was living at the residential care facility.

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