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Council To Hold Hearings On Rivera Death

City Council today approved plans to hold hearings to examine the death of Joaquin Rivera, who died in a waiting room at Aria Health's Frankford Campus last month without receiving treatment.

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who sponsored the resolution, said she wanted Council to look at "best practices" for emergency room care. Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, who co-sponsored, agreed.

"I think there are some issues around their protocols," Sanchez said. She said there are still many questions about what happened that night and asked why Rivera sat dead in his chair as a nurse admitted other patients.