Investigation After Patient Death At Goldsboro Facility

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

A resident of the O'Berry Neuro-Medical Center in Goldsboro has died, and four employees are now on investigative leave.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services says autopsy results are expected in about 90 days.

State officials say sbuse is not suspected, However, confidentiality laws prevent the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to release details of the incident. Officials say it is standard procedure to put employees on leave.

Cherry Hospital’s Police Department and the Medicaid Investigations Unit of the state Attorney General’s Office are investigating.


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  • by Someone thats been there Location: Nearby on Mar 13, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    ANYONE that has never worked in this type of place needs to not pass judgement.The whole situation is that now these clients have so many rights, that you have to physically get on the floor and wrestle with some of them.Sometimes it takes 5 or 6 staff to hold one down, one that kicks, hits, scratches , bites, projectile vomits, digs Feces out or thier Rectum and smears it on themselves and you.Ptients that carry Hepatitus, and sometimes AIDS.The state would rather that all 5 or 6 staff were put out of work with injuries, than to God forbid, use a restraint chair or a straight jacket, even though there would be LESS chance of the patient getting hurt.In some ares, this goes on many times in a single day.Some clients will poke thier hand or head through a glass window. Or just trip and fall, not knowing to instinctively put thier hands out to block thier fall.Then when the get a busted open area, sometimes staff are blamed if there are no witnesses.Put yourself in this situation.
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Mar 13, 2009 at 10:00 AM
    Ok folks,Lets get the results back from the autopsy before we go pointing any fingers please.
  • by Amazed Location: Kinston on Mar 13, 2009 at 05:21 AM
    To Cactus: What has to be stopped? Deaths? Deaths happen,people die. The article shows that there is no abuse suspected.It is procedure when a death occurs that the people on duty are put on leave with pay until all can be looked at.Don't convict these people before the facts are out.
  • by state employee Location: Goldsboro. nc on Mar 13, 2009 at 05:18 AM
    This is at OBerry, not Cherry! Please get the facilities straight!!!
  • by goboro Location: goldsboro on Mar 13, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    It was O'Berry Center, not Cherry Hospital.
  • by Dave on Mar 12, 2009 at 09:36 PM
    They need to rename this place to Fruity Hospital instead of Cherry.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Mar 12, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    This has got to stop, NOW..................
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2009 at 07:22 PM
    With jobs hard to find, they need a whole new staff at this place.
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