San Luis Obispo County

Jury Awards Family $4 Million in Hospital Fraud Case

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A jury found San Luis Obispo's Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center guilty of trying to cover up a death at the facility.

The attorney for the family involved said the verdict came down Wednesday morning in a San Luis Obispo courtroom. The jury found the hospital conspired with the surgeon to commit fraud. The doctor involved is Donald Ramberg.

The jury said he tried to pass the 2010 incident as a natural cause of death. When in fact the patient died from a post-operative issue that should not have killed him.

The family was awarded more than $4 million.

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