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Two Rochester hospitals acknowledge that their discharge planning systems did not work properly when two elderly patients were sent home in taxis.

The women each were discharged from local emergency rooms in December, without coats and wearing slippers. One arrived home in the middle of the night and died hours later.

"An elderly woman, 93 and alone, should have triggered alarms," said Dr. Raymond Mayewski, who is investigating the incident at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The woman, Evelyn Winans of Rochester, died Dec. 12, 32 hours after she was sent home from Strong's emergency room.

The New York State Department of Health is investigating that case along with the discharge of another woman, Frances McGregor, 85, of Parma, who was sent home from Rochester General Hospital on Dec. 29.

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