It's a hospital that's faced past scrutiny and controversy -- but staff say a new director has brought a lot of change.
Philip Cook is the new director of Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro. He has only been there for seven weeks, but already his staff says they've seen a difference. Cook says he's focused on getting to know his staff and pushing them to be leaders.
Hospital staff says a big thing he's been pushing is the phrase "inspect what you expect." That means people getting up from behind their desks and double-checking up to make sure everything is running smoothly.
In the past year a patient died after choking on his medicine after he was left in a chair for 22 hours without food, water or medical attention. Three employees were fired and ten others were disciplined.
Cherry Hospital serves 33 counties in our state and employs over 1,200 with about 160 to 230 patients in its facilities.