This has to be one of the worst I have read in a while about senior abuse and a facility. One patient was shoved to the floor by a worker and had to be taken to a hospital. The last patient was moved out at the end of October. It took the facility 2 years to get regulatory qualifications to get Medicare reimbursement so that might say something right there. It’s pretty bad when the regulators said it was like One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. BD
Federal and state officials have shut down the Bridgewell Hospital for senior citizens with mental health issues because staff members of the Pleasant Ridge facility assaulted patients, ignored injuries and did not report problems as required, government documents say.
The 24-bed facility on Verulam Street was also dirty and poorly maintained, the documents say. Even in front of authorities who were monitoring the facility, staff members treated patients roughly, documents show.
Officials with the facility's parent company, Evergreen Southwest Behavioral Health Services, could not be reached for comment Friday.
At the time of the state and federal crackdown in September and October, as many as a dozen patients were staying at the hospital. State officials released the shutdown documents Friday afternoon, and they reveal an environment akin to "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest."
On Aug. 18, a patient care associate pushed a patient to the floor; the staffer "appeared to laugh and taunt the patient, poking her finger at his hip." Three more staff members "stood closely to the patient after the incident and did nothing to assess or assist him."