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Lucy Webb Hayes National Training School v. Geoghegan

United States District Court for the District of Columbia
281 F. Supp. 116 (1967)


Ellen Geoghegan (defendant) was a patient for a considerable amount of time at Sibley Memorial Hospital (the Hospital), which was operated by the Lucy Webb Hayes National Training School (the School) (plaintiff). The Hospital concluded that Geoghegan no longer needed acute care from the Hospital and could be cared for by a nursing home. The Hospital made a formal demand on June 2, 1967, to Geoghegan’s husband to transfer her out of the Hospital. Geoghegan’s husband took the position that she should remain in the hospital until the end of her life. Geoghegan’s husband was ready and willing to pay whatever the hospital would charge for the extended stay. The School sued Geoghegan, seeking an injunction ordering Geoghegan to leave the Hospital. Geoghegan moved to dismiss the lawsuit.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Holtzoff, J.)

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