Name of Hospital: Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
City, State/Province, Country: Johnstown, PA, USA
Number of Stars: 2
Comment: I went to the ER at the urging of friends to get treatment for minor self harm injuries. They sent a social woker to talk to me, who did not inform me of Pennsylvania’s involuntary commitment laws. I admitted to having recently been suicidal. The doctor at least gave me a choice of signing myself in, but it was still very much against my will.
All of the psych ward staff were profoundly disrespectful of my gender identity, calling me “she” and keeping me out of the men’s social areas. We were not allowed pens or stuffed animals. The staff showed extremely low empathy to patient’s problems. One nurse told a patient to his face that it was his fault that he was going to lose his job for missing work while being locked up because he had chosen to overdose. Positives were being mostly left alone and having a (relatively) easy time ordering the food I wanted to eat.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient
Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: white, trans male, bi