By Amy Ellis Nutt
October 18, 2016
The situation wasnt unusual for Stanford, Calif., emergency physician Suzanne Lippert: The patient before her was a woman in her 60s suffering from severe depression, who said she had a plan to take her own life. The problem for Lippert: No inpatient bed was immediately available, so the woman would have to temporarily wait in the Stanford Hospital emergency room as a boarder.
Three days later, the woman was still there. Six days later, the same.