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Updated: 11/15/2012 12:32 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- An update now to a story we broke here at News 3 regarding the body found outside University Medical Center last month.

This is now the subject of a federal investigation.

On October 17 Jason Forrester was involved in a car accident and rushed to UMC for treatment. He had reportedly suffered head injuries.

Sources close to the investigation tell us he was released from UMC because hospital workers thought he was intoxicated.

He returned a short time later with another injury but released again. The next morning his body was discovered outside UMC near the north side employee entrance.

A coroner’s report has not yet been released.

Federal investigators will look into whether Forrester received proper treatment while at UMC.

The bigger question still looming over southern Nevada's only public hospital is how it can keep up with growing needs. More and more patients who need help, but can't pay while county government strains to pay their bills.

News 3's Mackenzie Warren found out -- after months of searching for new ways to run UMC -- today Clark County leaders hit a wall. When debating if the public hospital should be able to keep some of its plans secret from the public it serves.

UMC wants the ability to make some hospital decisions behind closed–doors. The reason -- UMC says its private counterparts scoop on public meetings, wind up stealing business and costing you--the taxpayer money.

“I think we have an obligation to make sure UMC stays a county public hosptial that treats everybody no matter their ability to pay,” says Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani emphasizing the word public, to show her total disapproval for UMC's new proposal that lays before Clark County commissioners.

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