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2008-07-04 09:00:03

Six hospital employees were fired after a woman died in a Brooklyn, N.Y., hospital waiting room. By David B. Caruso The Associated Press NEW YORK When staffers at a Brooklyn hospital spotted a middle-aged woman lying face down on a waiting room floor last month, it hardly seemed like cause for alarm. The sight, after all, was common in the psychiatric emergency room at Kings County Hospital Center. The unit is so routinely backed up with people waiting hours, or even days, for...

2008-07-04 06:00:58

By Michael Biesecker, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 4--BUTNER -- State mental health officials said Thursday that they are finally ready to move patients into North Carolina's newest psychiatric hospital -- a project dogged by doubt, delays, cost overruns and safety concerns. Opening day for Central Regional Hospital in Butner has been called off at least four times since November, when it was originally set to receive patients. The facility is now scheduled to open by...

2008-07-04 03:00:24

By Sherry Jacobson, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 4--Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas quietly closed its inpatient psychiatric unit last week, eliminating nine beds reserved for mental-health patients. "The decision to close this unit was not made lightly," said a statement released Thursday by Baylor officials. Advocates for mental-health patients say the loss of Baylor's psychiatric unit will exacerbate an already serious shortage of psychiatric hospital beds in the region...

2008-07-03 21:00:22

By Michael Biesecker, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 3--BUTNER -- State mental health officials said today they are finally ready to move patients into North Carolina's newest psychiatric hospital -- a project dogged by doubt, delays, cost overruns and safety concerns. Opening day for Central Regional Hospital in Butner has been called off at least four times since November, when it was originally set to receive patients. The facility is now scheduled to open by the...

2008-07-03 09:01:19

A MENTALLY ill man who stabbed a woman working in a Middlesbrough department store has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act. Diagnosed schizophrenic Paul Dempsey, pictured, 33, launched the attack in the Binns store days after his release from a psychiatric ward. Full story: Pages 2 and 3 (c) 2008 Evening Gazette - Middlesbrough. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-07-01 18:00:29

Lawyers suing a New York hospital have released video that allegedly shows a patient lying ignored on the floor in the psychiatric emergency unit. Esmin Green died June 19 while waiting for a bed in the inpatient unit at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. She had been in the emergency unit for about 24 hours, lawyers said. The tape was released by lawyers suing the hospital over conditions in the psychiatric unit at Kings County, the New York Post reported. The suit, which claims...

2008-07-01 15:00:54

By Hilary Waldman, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jul. 1--Telephone service to the Institute of Living will not be fully restored until at least mid-August, some two months after the June 14 fire that caused a roof to collapse on an attic where the wiring for the psychiatric hospital's phone system was housed. Until a new system can be installed, clinicians and patients have been issued cellphones. In addition, 80 to 90 disaster-recovery phones that work through the Internet have been...

2008-06-25 18:03:06

BEL AIR (AP) - A state agency can keep a mentally ill triple murderer in prison while he receives psychiatric treatment, instead of treating him at a maximum-security psychiatric hospital, a judge decided yesterday. Prosecutors have said Kevin G. Johns Jr., who has killed two fellow inmates, is too dangerous to keep at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital. They argued he should receive treatment while incarcerated at the Supermax prison in Baltimore. Attorneys for Johns, 25, say he would get better...

2008-06-17 00:00:31

The Associated Press BEL AIR, Md. - Kevin G. Johns Jr. was in prison for murdering his uncle when he killed a fellow inmate and then, a year later, strangled another. Now he's been judged insane, prompting questions about whether he can be safely housed in a state hospital where patients sleep in unlocked rooms and are encouraged to mingle. Fears for patient and staff safety are complicating Johns' commitment to the state-run Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, just south of...

2008-06-16 03:00:30

By Adrienne Lu, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jun. 16--A package of bills written in response to problems at the troubled Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, including a measure creating an employee training program, is making its way through the New Jersey legislature. The Assembly Human Services Committee held a special hearing on Ancora in February. Last week, the committee unanimously approved three bills in response to the incidents. The bills may now move to the full Assembly for a vote....


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