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Gov. Perdue visits Umstead mental facility

Posted February 25, 2009
Updated February 26, 2009

— Gov. Bev Perdue made an unannounced visit to the children's and adolescent unit at Central Regional Hospital's John Umstead facility in Butner late Tuesday afternoon.

She was there for about an hour and 15 minutes and spoke with hospital administrators, the medical and nursing staff and many of the children.

Her visit came after patient advocates expressed concern over the conditions of the facility, which once served as an army hospital for U.S. military personnel returning from World War II.

Two years ago, state health officials identified mold and mildew in a part of the children's gymnasium that wasn't being used.

Disability Rights North Carolia is concerned the mold could spread and says it is a serious environmental concern.

The state has recently spent approximately $200,000 renovating the facility with fresh paint, brighter lights, new security cameras and an upgraded air-conditioning system.

Perdue said she will work with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier Cansler to ensure that all of the patients in mental health facilities are getting proper care in suitable and safe conditions.


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  • terrie Mar 6, 2009

    From today's headlines..
    "Central Regional officials reported a Feb. 26 suicide attempt to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. CMS inspectors arrived Wednesday and said the hospital was at risk of losing access to Medicare and Medicaid funds."

    Interesting that this happened the day Bev visited. Sad that since this story on the children appeared, nothing has been done to change the situation and no more has been written about it.

  • NCPictures Feb 26, 2009

    Checking in?

  • Iwasasoldier4u Feb 26, 2009

    This is too bad. Less than 2 months in office and look what happens. Get well soon Bev, I think you should take a vacation in some undisclosed warm place, it will do wonders for your recovery. If you need guidance speak with the people at the Easley European Vacation Center, they can help you arrange inexpensive rental cars and cheap places to eat.

  • Caveman93 Feb 26, 2009

    lol! Will she be staying LOL !!! I was going to ask that!

  • TStills Feb 26, 2009

    Will she be staying?

  • goobnav Feb 26, 2009

    Unfortunatley, that's a place that she'll ignore even if she was to be committed, she would probably demand a facility out of state because she knows exactly how the facilities are destroyed in NC by her cohort in crime, uh I mean politics. The appropriate facility should be the Federal prison up the road where all the political low-lifes should be incarcerated. But, their friends in the media will make it look like they care. Wake up people, we outnumber them 10 to 1 and they know and are afraid of it until they know they have total control.

  • IMONC Feb 26, 2009

    Exactly right, she has NOOOOOOO clue. Talk about waste, why is she spending the money travelling and on newly created positions while she demands 9% cuts? NOBODY cares about her except the politicians who put her in.

  • christisone Feb 26, 2009

    She has no idea what is going on in these place. The (joker) wants everybody to think she cares. I hope she gets a heart one day.

  • UNCfuturealumi Feb 26, 2009

    Don't you think maybe she was just passing thru and seen the facility and after asking "where are we?" She decides to make a pop call. I just cannot connect to where this woman is coming from and where she is going with this state. Has she even been to Raleigh since elected? Vacation, two trips to DC. In Alamance county yesterday?

  • WHEEL Feb 26, 2009

    Why doesn't she stay in Raleigh and send someone with the knowledge and authority to straighten out the disaster that is our mental health system.