Name of Hospital: Benedictine Hospital
City, State/Province, Country: Kingston, NY, USA
Number of Stars: 1
Comment: This is going to be tough on me to recall. I was only there for one night and half a day, and it was one of the worste hospital experiences I ever had.
It started with them not bothering to alert anyone when there was breakfast. So they don’t care if you eat. When I asked about it, they said I probably wouldn’t want it anyway – just powdered eggs. I thought eating regularly was important for mental health but apparently not to them.
Immediately walking into the hallway I noticed patients aimlessly walking the halls and sitting rocking back and forth on the floors. Nurses didn’t care or seem to notice. I felt like I had been transported to the 50s.
I called my parents to tell them to come get me and “dont leave without me.” Well that ended up not being a problem because of what happened next.
I had a meeting with my “treatment team” none of whom I had met before, mind you they never had me speak to a doctor of any kind or a therapist. Well they pulled me into a room and told me I “had enough coping skills” and they were discharging me. Mind you, I sit before them with two arms still covered in cuts, having been brought in by police. I said “What coping skills?” and they said “You know…coping skills” they couldn’t identify any.
I insisted that I needed help and they told me that my parents “probably wouldn’t want to pay for it” and I said I knew my parents better than them and I’m suicidal and she ignored me. I asked her, if she had a family member, a daughter, with cancer, wouldn’t she do anything in her power to pay for her treatment? And the lady goes “If I could afford it.”
So they discharged me, and I got out of there and went somewhere else.
Mind you, I had health insurance that their hospital accepted.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Acute Adult Inpatient
Year(s) : 2010