News Articles on Mercy Springfield

Name of Facility: Mercy Springfield

Location: Springfield, MO, USA



News Articles on Sharpe Hospital

Name of Facility: Sharpe Hospital

Location: Weston, WV, USA


News Articles on Kingwood Pines

Name of Facility: Kingwood Pines

Location: Kingwood, TX, USA


  • Houston Chronicle, “Rape allegations embroil Kingwood Pines psychiatric hospital in Houston,” January 2018: Two teen girls allege sexual assault by other patients resulting from inadequate safety measures. “A Houston Chronicle review… portrays an understaffed facility that has failed to watch over patients, leaving the most vulnerable among them open to further victimization.”

News Articles on Winnebago Mental Health Institute

Name of Facility: Winnebago Mental Health Institute

Location: Oshkosh, WI, USA


Oshkosh Northwestern, “Oshkosh mental health center makes changes after death,” August 2015: “The citations were for inadequately documenting of nursing care; not following a sufficiently individualized treatment plan; and using a restraint incompatible with a pre-existing medical condition. Erik Haak, 33, died as the result of a June 5 incident at the center, during which staff members were trying to restrain him and he stopped breathing.”

Wisconsin State Journal, “Feds sanction Winnebago Mental Health Institute, could halt Medicare contract,” May 2018: “Inspectors issued 48 citations to Winnebago in December and February for a variety of problems, including noncompliance with five Medicare rules. The violations involve improper patient care, inadequate nursing staff, poor oversight of medical staff, an unsafe physical environment and other concerns.”


News Articles on Magnolia Behavioral Hospital of East Texas

Name of Hospital: Magnolia Behavioral Hospital of East Texas (formerly Behavioral Hospital of Longview)

Location: Longview, TX, USA


  • Longview News-Journal, “Medicare out at Longview mental hospital,” July 2016: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pulled funding from the hospital. The hospital failed to meet several provisions, including those involving patient rights, nursing services, and physical environment.

(The hospital re-opened in December 2016 under its new name).

News Articles on Park Royal Hospital

Name of Hospital: Park Royal Hospital

Location: Fort Myers, FL, USA


NBC2, “Park Royal employee accused of sexual assault against patients,” September 2013: “A healthcare worker tasked with taking care of the mentally ill is now accused of inappropriate acts with his patients. Deputies say Benjamin Bland sexually assaulted five people at Park Royal Hospital.”

Press News, “Park Royal Hospital sexual abuse lawsuit settled,” June 2016: The former patients sexually abused in the 2013 case above settled a lawsuit against the facility.

Press News, Park Royal Hospital patient care deficiencies highlighted in federal inspection report,” November 2017: “Park Royal Hospital, the region’s only inpatient psychiatric health center, was too short-staffed to properly supervise patients, ignored their complaints, and had poor quality control procedures in place, federal inspectors concluded in a recently published report,” including not following up on patient complaints and physical restraint issues.

Press News, “Park Royal Hospital, Fort Myers’ only psychiatric hospital, gets a new leader,” February 2018: “Last month, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigated an alleged sexual assault on a patient. It is also looking into the deaths of two patients who had recently been brought in for involuntary mental health evaluations under the state’s Baker Act.”

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.