Cherry Hospital Director Resigns

A troubled state mental hospital is once again looking for a new director. The state announced Friday that Philip Cook is leaving Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro on August 30th.

Cook, who has been at Cherry since April 2009, says he will return to the private health care industry.

In March federal investigators cited Cherry after an escape of a young patient. That was the latest problem at the psychiatric hospital, back in 2010 Cherry was cited after staff members were videotaped putting a pillow over a patient's face and for using improper force and in 2008 the hospital lost its certification after a patient died when he was left sitting in a chair for nearly a day without food.

Construction is already underway for a new $138 million replacement facility for Cherry, while the state says it will now begin the search for a new director.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 02:43 PM
    Mr. Tom, you are mistaken. Cooke is leaving because it was forced, due to some recent situations that occurred at Cherry and brought the surveyors in once again. And he holds ultimate accountability for everything that happens under his supervision.
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Aug 5, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    He is not resigning due to problems...he has a business opportunity....This really is a none story with the "Media" trying to make it into something. I say, Good Luck on your business venture...hope it pans out.
  • by Former Cherry RN on Aug 5, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    Building a new facility and filling it with the same "I know my rights" staff will not improve conditions for the patients.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 04:13 PM in reply to Former Cherry RN
      You are right. The money would be better spent on training and hiring more people who want to work.
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