News Articles on Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry

Name of Facility: Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry

Location: Columbus, OH, USA

News Articles:

WOSU Public Media (WOSU Radio), “Disability Group Asks Ohio To Protect Patients At Columbus Psychiatric Hospital,” May 2018: “Disability Rights Ohio released a report this week calling attention to Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry’s violations of treatment standards and patient safety – including allegations of physical and sexual abuse.”

Kettering Behavioral Hospital

Name of Hospital: Kettering Behavioral Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Dayton, Ohio, United States

Number of Stars: 2

Comment: I stayed at Kettering Behavioral for three days after a suicide attempt in 2013. I’m only increasing my rating from one star to two because the food was good.

The admitting procedure is embarrassing. You’re routed from the main hospital to the behavioral hospital by ambulance, so when you get there you’re strapped into a gurney and the door opens directly into the center of the “common area,” (if a circle of chairs at a crossroads of hallways can be called that.) So you just sit there at the reception desk for a good half hour as a spectacle for everyone’s amusement, probably crying hysterically. It’s humiliating.

There is another room where you can sit at a table to play a game or do a puzzle, but I would describe it as depressing. Your room does not have a door. You have no curtain or divider from your roommate. You have no privacy in your bathroom but a weird rubber swingy thing that wouldn’t even be sufficient to use for a dressing room. All the surfaces of my room were sticky, as if something had been spilled years ago and never cleaned up. The mattresses were plastic-covered foam pads maybe two or three inches thick.

The doctors didn’t make rounds at any specific time, they just visited you wherever you happened to be, regardless of how many other patients were within hearing range.

At mealtimes you were escorted down a long hallway in your socks, which was weird and gross, since no shoes are allowed -not even without laces- to a cafeteria. The food was pretty good, which was the only highlight of the entire stay. There was a small kitchenette with decaf tea near the rooms.

There was a computer with internet access, and one phone but you had to wait in line for each. You were allowed to wear street clothes if family brought them to you, and there was a washer and dryer you could use for free. You weren’t allowed to sleep during the day, and there were group therapies you were required to attend.

There were not an abundance of nurses if you needed something. One of the patients was having a bad reaction to his medication. Because there were no doors on the rooms or bathrooms, the entire building smelled so bad that everyone was ill and we could have no visitors. It was truly miserable. Even without that incident, I would never choose to return to this facility if I ever needed inpatient care again. It was absolutely abysmal.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: no

Year(s) : 2013

Miami Valley Hospital

Name of Hospital: Miami Valley Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Dayton, Ohio, United States

Number of Stars: 4.5

Comment: I stayed on the psych unit for inpatient treatment for about two weeks in 2012 after a suicide attempt. I had a positive experience with the unit in general, but am reducing one star because of a misdiagnosis that, looking back, could have completely been prevented if a closer watch had been kept by an actual doctor (I only saw a resident for about five minutes at six am every morning, during which I was so sleepy I didn’t even know what was going on.)

I was admitted late in the evening, and the nurses were very kind about finding a change of clothes that fit comfortably and gently trying to coax me into eating something I would like. The rooms are pretty nice, even though I sometimes had to share. There is a privacy curtain, which is more than I can say for other facilities. The bathroom has a full heavy door for complete privacy and a metal mirror, which is something other places don’t always have.

There is a nurse call button by the bed. The beds are typical hospital beds but are nicer than the plastic-covered foam mattresses that some others have. Things are nice and quiet at night, the nurses don’t come in at all hours getting vitals or anything. If you want to sleep during the day they are ok with that, they just check on you quietly from time to time.

The rooms have plenty of shelves for personal belongings, which family can bring as long as it does not violate the safety precautions. They may also bring street clothes, which you can wash for free in the machines they have in the unit. Flowers deliveries are allowed in plastic vases. Visiting can occur in the common area or private rooms with an attendant. At mealtimes you can order off a list and the food is brought up. You can eat in your room or in the common area. There’s a little corner with decaf tea and snacks. The common area has a TV and some games and puzzles.

All the nurses were excellent, they made sure you were comfortable physically but often stopped to ask if you wanted to talk about anything. They weren’t therapists or anything but they were willing to just listen, which was really comforting. There was one nurse who was not helpful, one day I had a searing migraine and she absolutely refused to ask my resident to order me a prescription of the medication prescribed by my family doctor because, according to her, I should have asked him when he made his rounds (at 6am, when I was ASLEEP.) She was horribly rude and unfeeling.

But one bad nurse out of dozens isn’t that awful, I suppose. I would choose this hospital over any other if I ever needed another inpatient stay.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: no

Year(s) : 2012

OHSU Psych Ward

Name of Hospital: OHSU (Oregon Health and Science University) Psych Ward

City, State/Province, Country: Portland, Oregon, USA

Number of Stars: 3.5

Comment: I was placed here after a failed suicide attempt and was there for only 2 weeks. This, however, was more then enough time to gauge what it was going to be like if I was there longer.

It felt rather cramped with people. Outside of a few of single bedroom “observation” rooms, there was two people to a room with about 6-8 rooms and (I believe) two of the fore-mentioned “observation” rooms. The entire place was lit with fluorescent light and with few windows, there was very little natural light (something I am quite sensitive to). To top it off, there was a dearth of things to do. When I am emotionally off-kilter, I need something solitary to occupy my mind with. They had nothing but a single TV, a game of Uno (and a few other Milton-Bradly BS games), and a few jigsaw puzzles (from what I remember). There was also a “group therapy” session thing every day that was non-mandatory. I went to one and felt that it was a farce.

On the bright side, they let my parents bring some things including a few books, a stuffed animal, my phone, and my iPod touch (which actually helped a lot). I also had several visitors, including one I was not expecting. The food is also pretty good there. But please bare in mind, I was sent to a “low-threat” ward. Apparently they had a “high-threat” ward which would probably be a completely different environment.

I only met with a counselor once and all that was discussed was warning signs and a quick list of coping strategies was made in case of severe emotional deterioration.

After 2 weeks, they said that I was now in on a voluntary basis but I left that day because I was transferred out of the “observation” rooms and into a double bedroom. I am never super comfortable around strangers (though it doesn’t show) and the only real time that I can recharge is when I am alone. I probably should of fought the decision but it was confusing time for myself and I’ve never been much of a self-advocate. I also really should of stuck around a little while longer to sort myself out a little further but I knew that that wasn’t going to happen if I am forced into contact with others. As I left I wasn’t given any support, outpatient plan, nothing. Not even a list of potential psychiatrists or psychologists.

Looking back on it, I felt that I could have been left to rot in there. The nurses, while nice and kind, were not especially helpful outside of daily living (basically food and idle chit-chat). I never met the doctor whom I was “under the care of,” the counselor whom I met was a student doctor (though I don’t think he was bad, actually, just inexperienced). All-in-all, the only real reason why I got better there was out of self direction. If I had health insurance, things may of progressed differently but I didn’t at the time…

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: High-functioning Autism (undiagnosed at the time), Lacked health insurance

Akron Children’s Hospital

Name of Hospital: Akron Children’s Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Akron, OH, USA

Number of Stars: 4

Comment: It was a very good program, the nurses were kind and caring, except for a handful. They had trained therapy dogs come to the ward every other night or so. The food was good and they didn’t shove supplemental drinks down your throat. It was an adolescent Ward but it was very good. My only negative expierence was I was forced to take daily medication despite my request. Overall the stay was good and helped stabilize me.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: I’m transgender and they were extremely accepting of that, the floor was co-ed and nothing was divided by gender.

Children’s Hospital

Name of Hospital: Children’s Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Number of Stars: 2.5

Comment: You are not allowed to wear your own clothes, you have to wear a purple hospital gown. And if you require a bra then it has to be a sports bra or they can deny you a use of one at all. you have a person in your room 24 hours a day called a “constant” they watch you every minute of the day. If you wanted to shower then you had to leave the door open and talk to them as you shower, and the same rules apply if you use the bathroom. You are not allowed to leave your room except for five minute walks up and down the hall IF your doctor says you are allowed. Only immediate family are allowed to visit, unless they are under the age of 18. The constant goes through all your possessions if your parents bring you anything. You are made to have 5 therapy sessions a day. 2 include family therapy.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient

OSU Harding Hospital Mental and Behavioral Health Services

Name of Hospital: OSU Harding Hospital Mental and Behavioral Health Services

City, State/Province, Country: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Number of Stars: 3.5

Comment: I was in the adolescent psychiatric ward. It was very invasive, and honestly dehumanizing. The doctors and nurses didn’t believe any thing you said. My doctor second guessed me at every turn and treated me as if I lied whenever I answered a question of his. You are not allowed to talk to anyone who is not family, and the family members have to be approved by your guardian. You have to participate in group therapy sessions and if you don’t then it can take longer to be discharged. You also have to fill out a book that has your “safety plan” and you have to have a nurse or someone approve it, and they can make you change the details you wrote in if they do not like it

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient program.