The practice of so-called “patient dumping” is a national problem that’s hardly new. Originally it involved private hospitals sending poor patients to public hospitals, but it’s come to mean any hospital that releases someone, usually a homeless and/or mentally ill person, to the streets rather than connecting them with social services. The University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown is the latest hospital across the country accused of patient dumping. The hospital was thrust into the national spotlight and social media erupted with outrage after a viral video showed security guards leaving a disoriented woman on the street, barely dressed, when the temperature was in the 30s. What is patient dumping? Still filming, Baraka turned and followed the guards back to an entrance. “That is not OK,” he shouted. “Due to the circumstances of what it was,” one of them said. “Then you all need to call the police,” replied Baraka, a licensed counselor. At the doorway, Baraka asked for a supervisor, demanding to know why they were leaving her outside. “She was . . . medically discharged,” one of the guards said, before the camera captured them walking into the hospital, their backs turned. Video of patient put out in the cold stirs fury; hospital chief responds Watch the video. This is not ok.