Feds Cite Cherry Hospital After Escape

Federal investigators have cited Cherry Hospital after an escape of a young patient last month.

Cherry says it has made changes after the patient escaped custody March 12th. The state says the patient was returned March 22nd by law enforcement.

Officials from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services were on the campus of the Goldsboro state mental hospital this week to investigate the escape.

The feds have given the state mental hospital in Goldsboro an "immediate jeopardy" citation. That term is used to indicate problems exists that compromise the health or safety of patients.

Cherry says it immediately reviewed its procedures and then instituted new policies and training. The feds then required the hospital to additional steps and verbally told the hospital of the citation.

The state says once a written report is received it will submit its official plan of correction. The feds say they'll conduct a full survey at Cherry Hospital within 23 days.


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  • by david Location: ENC on Apr 2, 2011 at 02:37 AM
    A few years ago then spokesperson for the governor Debbie Crane was on tv denying that cherry even had a kids unit until witn tv showed a picture of the big blue metal sign that says " adolescent/ childrens unit". Wonder how the state will go about denying it now? In any event cherrys on the ward staff has been cut way back while there are more managers etc than needed and people sitting in offices that seldom or never work with patients.There is no fence and a road that runs right through, and just one or MAYBE 2 cops per shift who mostly write ticketrs to staff who maybe parked crooked or something. The wonder of it all is that there arent more escapes. And the truth is there are alot of escapes / walk offs and usually the public never hears about it. Maybe this neg publicity will spur action that could protect patients, staff and citizens like a fence and more security but likely it will just create more red tape by high ranking staff that never work with patients
  • by loyalblueco Location: gboro on Apr 1, 2011 at 05:27 PM
    If Cherry is any thing like the prisons, entirely understaffed....then there ya go. One person can only cover so much ground..
  • by bill Location: gbo on Apr 1, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    alot of staff have lobbied for years for fences security etc but management doesnt care until the feds threaten to take the money they have nurses and techs supposed to be searching visitors bodies and belongings doesnt thatsound like a security measure to be done by security types? there is no fence and there have been alot of escapes that didnt get reported but staff have little choice management makes the policies staff have to follow them
  • by ps on Apr 1, 2011 at 04:45 PM
    how do you propose to control these people anyways? strap em down for the rest of their lives? infringe on their human rights a little to protect them from themselves? that sounds like something an unqualified person could be capable of..
  • by b Location: bb on Apr 1, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    cherry is not allowed to have a fence around it because that makes it look like an institution ( it is one ) and it has a main road running through it so escapes are inevitable and cant really be prevented the place was built 100 years ago when horses were the means of transportation now they hop in a car and are gone not all staff are track athletes that can out run potential escapees this happens fairly frequently
  • by cuts! on Apr 1, 2011 at 02:23 PM
    its from the budget cuts, youre not going to see a great increase in skill or care level until people realize theyre being paid (more)to do more than fill up space and keep people busy. the job is much much harder than it looks, but keep judging--the ones who actually care and do their job are the ones you insult!
  • by More of the same Location: ENC on Apr 1, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    Surprise, surprise! Another issue for an institutional setting. Whether it is a group home, or a hospital, we are now seeing the destruction caused by trying to 'consolidate' mental health services. Although Cherry has the 'hospital' tag, I can assure all that the staff employed there are no better than the group homes. Until we require more skill in certain positions(NOT A CNA), we will continue to see deaths, runaways, and crimes committed by our troubled youth. Wake the F&*K UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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