Friday, December 12, 2008

Dr. St. Clair, mental health Cherry Hosp Dir, was not seen by the staff (and certainly not by the patients) at Cherry Hospital, when he worked there

Great. These people never get demoted and never lose their salaries. They just move on to their next good gig.

Reports from staff at the Raleigh News & Observer article (separate from the below AP article)indicate that staff did not see Dr. St. Clair on the wards of the hospital. NC DHHS needs to find some administrators that have the social skills that allows them to walk the wards and converse w/ the patients and the staff.

Not a real brain-teaser, you know, NC DHHS. The comments associated w/ the Raleigh News & Observer article indicate that employees----who were commenting to the article----did not perceive Dr. St. Clair as having any hands on skills re: the running of the hospital over the past three years. They never saw him. So, how does someone run a hospital like that, particularly, given all the difficulties over the past year or so at these facilities?

Here is the Raleigh News & Observer article: (cut and paste):

Cherry Hospital chief quitting
The mental hospital's problems include assaults and the death of a patient

Here is the Associated Press (AP) article which preceded the above one:

"Director of NC mental hospital to step down
December 12, 2008 15:00 EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- State officials say the director of a mental hospital where a patient died and others were beaten has asked to step down and has been offered another job in the state mental health system.

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dempsey Benton said Friday that Cherry Hospital director Dr. Jack St. Clair asked to step down effective Dec. 31. Benton said in a statement that St. Clair was offered a job as business manager at the state's Neuro-Medical Treatment Center in Black Mountain.

Until a new hospital director is found, the daily management at Cherry Hospital will handled by an independent management team that was hired in October. The team is working to help the hospital seek reinstatement with federal Medicare and Medicaid programs."


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