News Articles on Western State Hospital

Name of Hospital: Western State Hospital

Location: Lakewood, WA, USA


Disability Rights Washington, “CMS threatens to cut funding at Western State Hospital,” October 2015: news release by DRW highlights Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerns over patient safety, including medication dispensing issues, at Western State; see here, here, and here for further news on this subject.

KOMO News, “Assault on patient at Western State exposes gap in the law,” February 2016: Staff assaulted patient

The Seattle Times, “Western State Hospital Investigated over Photos of Patient,” November 2016: Nursing assistant had photos of a patient on their phone; hospital delayed in reporting to police and state department of health. Hospital was already under scrutiny by CMS.

The Seattle Times, “Western State Hospital Employee Charged with Molesting 4 Female Patients,” December 2016: Psychiatric security attendant charged with molesting four female patients after patients reported the assaults; a hospital supervisor was also suspended for ten days for not immediately reporting the abuse to their supervisors.

The News Tribune, “Worker convicted of fondling patients at Western State Hospital. Now he’s been sentenced,” March 2018:  The security attendant in the December 2016 article received a 2-year sentence.

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