302 S.C. 68 (1990)

393 S.E.2d 914

Norma A. BRAMLETTE, Executrix of the Estate of Joe M. Bramlette, Respondent v. CHARTER-MEDICAL-COLUMBIA d/b/a Charter Rivers Hospital and David A. Pillinger, M.D., Appellants.

Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Decided June 18, 1990.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jeter E. Rhodes, Jr., and Ronald James Tryon, of Whaley, McCutchen, Blanton & Rhodes, Columbia, for Pillinger.

Monteith P. Todd, William C. Hubbard, of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, Columbia, for Charter.

David J. Mills, Clarence Davis, and Richard Smith, of McNair Law Firm, PA, Columbia, H. Hugh Rogers and J. Michael Fullwood, of Rogers, Duncan, Fullwood & Derrick, Lexington, for respondent.

Heard April 17, 1990.

Decided June 18, 1990.

GREGORY, Chief Justice:

This is a medical malpractice action. We affirm in part and reverse in part.

Respondent's decedent, Joe Bramlette, was voluntarily admitted to appellant Charter Rivers Hospital on Monday, May 4, 1987, for psychiatric treatment. Appellant Dr. Pillinger was Bramlette's treating psychiatrist. On Friday, May 8th, Bramlette went off the hospital grounds on a recreational outing...

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