The woman, who was not named in the lawsuit, was admitted on June 3, 2018 to undergo a mental health evaluation. She was then sexually groomed and abused by employee Frank Lasso during her five-day stay, according to the lawsuit. It was filed in Hillsborough Circuit Court in July by the patient’s mother.
The suit names both Lasso and the hospital, which is now a campus under HCA Healthcare’s Memorial Hospital of Tampa. It accuses HCA of negligence, premises liability and violation of a Florida law that protects vulnerable adults. Lasso is being sued for the same violations, as well as civil assault, battery and sexual misconduct.