Fayetteville Hospital Could Lose Federal Funds After Patient Homicide

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A major hospital in North Carolina could lose federal funding at midnight Thursday following the strangling of a mentally ill man in the emergency room.

Andre LeMar Walker went to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville last April complaining of voices in his head. Hours later the 27-year-old was dead after a struggle with hospital police officers.

Security camera footage obtained by The Associated Press shows Walker being tackled and pinned to the floor. After he stops struggling, 3 minutes passed before life-saving measures began.

The hospital now faces the loss of $23 million a month from Medicare and Medicaid.

Hospital administrators made no report to Fayetteville police. A criminal investigation was not launched until a state medical examiner ruled months later that Walker's death was a homicide.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 06:35 PM
    Anyone on the front lines of dealing with psychotic patients will understand why 3 minutes elapsed before he was treated. Patients will play possum. It is also possible no one noticed he was not breathing if it took so many people to subdue him, since going from "violent" to "dead" is atypical.
  • by Doc Adams on Jan 18, 2012 at 06:17 PM
    This type of thing MUST STOP. Hospitals are not and should not be a place that has violent mental patients. If I was in the hospital with this guy, I'd be thankful that they killed him.

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