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Former mental hospital director gets new state job

Posted June 20, 2008

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— The former director of the new mental hospital in Butner has a new position in the state health department, a little over a week after she stepped down amid controversy over misused state funds.

Dr. Patsy Christian resigned on June 11 after it was revealed that she had used $572 in state funds to commission a portrait of herself to hang in Central Regional Hospital.

Christian has been assigned a new position in the state hospital system, working to improve quality management of nurse training. Her new salary will be more than $114,000 – about $5,000 less than she made as hospital director.

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dempsey Benton has ordered a state investigation into Christian's portrait. No state funds will be used to pay for the portrait, he said.

Benton said Christian's departure will not delay the opening of Central Regional, which will replace Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh and John Umstead Hospital in Butner.

Its opening has already been delayed several times due to concerns over patient safety and employee training.

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  • FloydTurbo Jun 20, 2008

    Makes one wonder what the $$$ amount of wastesful poor judgement is for actually losing ones job in state government ..... oops "losing ones job in state government" is a silly concept .... IT NEVER HAPPENS.

    All the jokes about "government workers" aren't really jokes at all ..... but the workers ARE.

  • ncguy Jun 20, 2008

    that's just crazy!

  • mchlpickle Jun 20, 2008

    You get so sick of hearing about this while we are struggling to make ends meet and here you have someone abusing a well paid job.

  • GingerTea Jun 20, 2008

    worked for the state of N.C. for close to 25 years. I saw a lot of people come and go. When an employee did something against the rules, especially if it was a health care technician, dietary worker, house-keeper and even nurses they got FIRED!! No transfer, no promotion and no other job assigned to them. This lady got "assigned" another job when she should have been fired!! No questions asked. This is what is wrong with state government now, some get fired and some get new, assigned jobs!! No one is treated fairly or the same as next person regardless of title. Wake up governor and state reps. THIS IS TOTALLY BIASED AND NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE!!
    Retired nurse

    It's like I've always heard, Nurse...It's not what you know, or even what you DO, it's who you know. I've seen it happen, too, and seen some excellent employees leave who hadn't done anything wrong at all. I agree with you.

  • Tawny Jun 20, 2008

    When I worked at one of the state inpatient tx. facilities in North Carolina, I witnessed several instances where employees did not follow the rules. Everyone was not fired. Some people were reassigned, some were demoted. Each incident was on a case-by-case basis.

    Tolip: Government provides the "state-sponsored" programs that assists those needing mental health care, medical care, etc.

  • Retired nurse Jun 20, 2008

    I worked for the state of N.C. for close to 25 years. I saw a lot of people come and go. When an employee did something against the rules, especially if it was a health care technician, dietary worker, house-keeper and even nurses they got FIRED!! No transfer, no promotion and no other job assigned to them. This lady got "assigned" another job when she should have been fired!! No questions asked. This is what is wrong with state government now, some get fired and some get new, assigned jobs!! No one is treated fairly or the same as next person regardless of title. Wake up governor and state reps. THIS IS TOTALLY BIASED AND NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE!!

  • Tolip Jun 20, 2008

    Well, I have learned two things today......Gov'ments mision is to provide for the needy.......and we are a Christian State! Now lets see someone, ANYONE try to introduce Christianity into ANYTHING the State of Noth Calina does! So if we can do the latter, are we required to do the former? Or, is this one like Illegal Immigration, we just enforce the ones we want to?

    Laffin

  • North Wake Dad Jun 20, 2008

    Tolip wrote: "Oh well, I must have missed the lecture where "to provide for those in need" was discussed! Coulda been sick that day."

    Guess so.

    NC Constitution, Sec. 4. Welfare policy; board of public welfare. "Beneficent provision for the poor, the unfortunate, and the orphan is one of the first duties of a civilized and a Christian state. Therefore the General Assembly shall provide for and define the duties of a board of public welfare."

  • lanecc Jun 20, 2008

    Let me see if I have this straight. She "left" her other position for failure to follow rules and in the newly created position, she will be responsible for quality management and compliance. She has proven that she does not understand either. She is an excellent example of the Peter Principle and typical government mismanagement. It is past time for this type mismanagement by our state government to stop - just look at DMV, DOT, etc. I am tired of seeing tax dollars wasted on people that should be fired, not reassigned.

  • Tolip Jun 20, 2008

    I suppose the initials for "Oh mein Gott" in english is not OK with the PC police....so the remainder of my comment was: Even in Russia, when it was communist, one could be fired for misappropration of funds. I guess that is not applicable here in the Fifedom of Noth Calina. Had enough yet?

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