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Beleaguered psychiatric hospital director quits

Posted June 11, 2008

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— The director of the new Central Regional Hospital, who came under fire recently for commissioning a portrait of herself, submitted her resignation Wednesday.

Dr. Patsy Christian said she wants to pursue other assignments in the state Department of Health and Human Services.

When it opens in Butner, Central Regional will replace Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh and John Umstead Hospital in Butner. But the new facility has been plagued by staffing and safety issues that have forced DHHS officials to delay its opening four times in the past year.

Dr. Michael Lancaster has been appointed interim director of Central Regional while DHHS conducts a search for Christian's replacement. Lancaster is co-director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.

Mike Hennike, former chief of State Operated Services, has been named associate director of Central Regional. Dr. Jim Osberg, chief of State Operated Services, has been named interim director of Dorothea Dix to allow hospital administrator Cliff Hood to focus on his role as assistant director at Central Regional, officials said.

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  • colliedave Jun 11, 2008

    Dr. Patsy Christian said she wants to pursue other assignments in the state Department of Health and Human Services

    I wouldn't hire her to be a janitor. Where did she get her doctorate? Mail Boxes R US

  • Scubagirl Jun 11, 2008

    "Dr. Patsy Christian said she wants to pursue other assignments in the state Department of Health and Human Services."
    Good luck w/ that! Maybe she'll take portrait with her

  • whatelseisnew Jun 11, 2008

    Ah yes another example of how Government run institutions just need to not exist.

  • murph Jun 11, 2008

    Disgusting. That's part of the problem, she'll just go exploit money from the citizens in another public position. People like her should be fired, fined and not allowed to work in any government position.

  • Here kitty kitty Jun 11, 2008

    Maybe she can take the very "complimentary" portrait with her and she can hang it up at her next job. Wonder if she'll reimburse the state for the cost? Sorry, dumb question........

  • housemanagercary Jun 11, 2008

    So she took heat for the expensive portrait, safety problems, and staffing issues, but she's going to pursue another job with the state?!

  • Glass Half Full Jun 11, 2008

    What happens to the portrait now?

  • 2thebeach Jun 11, 2008

    Good plan, Patsy.