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Mental hospital's former director won't face charges

Posted August 27, 2008

The former director of the state's new mental hospital won't face charges for using state money to buy a portrait of herself.

Dr. Patsy Christian resigned as director of Central Regional Hospital in June after it was revealed that she spent $572 in state revenue to commission a portrait to hang in the hospital.

The Department of Health and Human Services requested the State Bureau of Investigation look into the matter. The SBI, after consulting with the Wake County district attorney, determined no additional inquiry was necessary.

Christian now works in the state hospital system, where she is assigned to improve the quality management of nurse training. Her salary is more than $114,000, about $5,000 less than she made as hospital director.

State officials have said the money and portrait have since been returned.


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  • Maddie girl Aug 27, 2008

    I agree with statemom. We the people are the only ones who can change things !!!!!!!!!

  • StateMom Aug 27, 2008

    Are any of us surprised at this? No one EVER has to account for the way they spend money - example: how the DOT has wasted so much tax money over the years by making stupid decisions - has anyone lost their job over this? NO - just go back and ask the taxpayer to bend back over and take what you want from them.

  • catwoman1 Aug 27, 2008

    Whoa now...had that me little ole me, I'd be out on my keister.

  • teacher-mom Aug 27, 2008

    Who has the portrait? Some people think a lot more of themselves than others do.

  • Here kitty kitty Aug 27, 2008

    I am a state employee...can I have the extra $5 grand? Please? Pretty please?

  • wrrgirl Aug 27, 2008

    Truly we should all be disgusted with the way OUR monies are being spent...

  • lilwil Aug 27, 2008

    Had that been a regular employee, they would have been FIRED. Apparently, she has something on some top officials. They reduce pay, in order to say they "did" something. Please.....

    I see why folk report things anonymously. So much crooked stuff going on in the top ranks and then they try to persecute the little people.

  • hdonthefarm Aug 27, 2008

    Is anybody really surprised? I mean she's well-connected enough to get a $114,000 salary after being demoted. And now she's going to "fix" Cherry Hospital??? This is why the whole NC mental health system needs to be disbanded and started fresh. Start with Dempsey Benton and Cherry director Jack St Clair.