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.