Psych Crime Reporter

February 6, 2013

Were you formerly employed at a Universal Health Services behavioral health facility?

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If you were formerly employed at a Universal Health Services behavioral health facility anywhere in the U.S., and were terminated from your position because you disagreed with how patients were being treated or because you called in reports of patient abuses, Citizens Commission on Human Rights would like to hear from you. Please send an e-mail to swagner@cchr.org

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  1. I wa not terminated but that was threatened. The facility is understaffed and management targets employees. I was written up basiccally because thre CEO did not hear me say “hi” to him. they would not admit this but am aware this is why.Michian Behavioral Health,Plymouth IN. Nov 2012 . I did quit because of conditions of work environment and truly was there for patients to get good care.

    Comment by Yvonne Quint — February 13, 2013 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  2. I resigned due to unsafe conditions and being targeted by the ADON . My finger nails were measured and thou was done to other staff besides myself. I was denied a chest xray on 4/3/12 ti confirm if i had a active TB and this put the entire facility at risk. The patients are not properly supervised and have ample opportunity to commit suicide or have sexual relations due to understaffing .

    Comment by Dominique Smith — March 18, 2013 @ 9:12 am | Reply

  3. I was recently let go from a UHS facility due to “rocking the boat”. There WA at the opening of “The Bridge Unit” a 4 to 1 patient to worker ratio. This unit was/is the most highly explosive unit at this Physc Hospital. In order to save money they deemed it a 5 to 1 ratio. I and other staff ie. RNs, Therapist, MDs and MHTs had several staffing meetings with the CEO present as well as the DON and others that headed up the”Boardroom Colleagues”. As we continued to ask for help and also ask for even relief for lunches out breaks

    Comment by Judy — July 23, 2013 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

    • Continued…. Lunches or breaks were not always given or provided for staff due to low staffing which caused safety issues to the patients as well as the staff. If staff was over worked and did not complete their task on time they were written up for being on overtime, and than they were denied the overtime as well had their hours “readjusted” by the Supervisor, to make it a 7 1/2 hour day instead of an 8 or 9 hour shift as was worked. Instead of allowing the staff to do their job, the Supervisor would pull the employee over and intimidate or lecture that employee while the patients were left unattended.If there was a patient who was sick there were hoops to jump thru just because Gatorade was costly. They quit providing paper scrubs for patients to wear because of the cost and patients had to rely on donations from staff for clothing or the patients had to stay in the same outfit for literally days. A teenage girl in school asked a staff if she could use the bathroom and the staff told her that she already had a chance use the garbage can. There are many other instances that were inappropriate and unprofessional.

      Comment by Judy — July 23, 2013 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  4. This post actually nearly brings me to tears. I have not been terminated but am contemplating leaving because working in such an environment is computing with my morals. We are so understaffed that it’s painful. I really, really want to help these kids, but when you’re given as little as three mhts and one nurse for 30 traumatized, suicidal, homicidal, aggressive children, all you can do is run around putting out fires and literally just hoping that no staff or patients die by the end of your shift. And usually we aren’t even given information regarding why a patient is there, or their triggers, or coping skills. We see the same patients come back time and again because though we obviously don’t help, we get their insurance money. It’s heartbreaking. I’m so traumatized.

    Comment by Gentry Lynn — July 25, 2013 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

    • I was employed by UHS. I left because of the horrible conditions for the staff and patients. As Judy said if you weren’t able to find someone to cover your lunch – you basically had to clock out and take a fake break. If you didn’t do that – you got a talking to and possibly written up. As Gentry Lynn said the adolescent unit is the most dangerous. They would mix boys and girls of many ages together, give you two MHTs and one RN for as many as 28 aggressive children – not to mention APOWWS do not count toward that number (could be +2-6 a night!). Many times kids would jump over the counter and attack staff. The place is also filthy, the nutrition for the patients is terrible, and they move around patients due to the type of insurance they have…(fraud??) I’m so relieved that I left; but I feel horrible for the staff and patients I left behind.

      Comment by qra9019 — October 23, 2013 @ 1:22 am | Reply

  5. DID ANY OF YOU WORK AT PEACHFORD HOSPITAL IN ATLANTA? IF SO PLEASE CONTACT ME. MY NAME IS MELISSA MCMAHON AND MY 85 YEAR OLD GRANDMA WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED WHILE IN THERE. YOU CAN EMAIL ME AT WHYMRRY1@YAHOO.COM OR CALL ME AT 224 254 0443. PLEASE IF YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART THIS HOSPITAL IS MISTREATING THE PATIENTS CONTACT ME. THANK YOU

    Comment by melissa mcmahon — July 2, 2014 @ 11:56 am | Reply


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