Family: Alzheimer's patient walks out of hospital

February 11, 2010 3:17:39 PM PST
An elderly man who was missing from a West Side hospital was found on a busy Chicago intersection, shivering in a hospital gown, hours later, according to his family.

The 79-year-old Alzheimer's patient walked out of St. Mary's Hospital between 7:30 and 9:45 a.m. Thursday. His family reported him missing after hospital workers could not locate him, they said. They began searching for him.

Luis Quinones, who was wearing only a hospital gown, was found by his family around 12:30 at Chicago and Damen. He also had a hospital towel, which was wrapped around his neck like a cape, according to his family.

His family is upset that he was allowed to leave the hospital in this condition.

Saint Mary's Hospital issued a statement that it is taking the matter seriously and conducting an internal investigation to determine how it happened.