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Patient death at mental hospital under investigation

Posted January 7, 2013

— A patient at Central Regional Hospital, a state mental facility in Butner, died Saturday, officials said Monday.

Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos has requested a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death, officials said.

No other details were released.


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  • almagayle50 Jan 9, 3:25 p.m.

    Central Regional was decertified many times. The staff in Butner work 12 hour shifts there some days of the week and 12 hour shifts at the prison or Murdoch other days of the week to earn enough to live decently. When it's still not enough, they do outside respite in homes or at the nearby hospitals. It doesn't bode well for quality of care. And while alot of people don't think the mentally handicapped should receive any services, they forget that behind every handicapped person are parents, grandparents, and siblings who are working and paying taxes.

  • bubbba Jan 8, 11:39 a.m.

    Half the employers there are former patients and the shrinks need to be.

  • Scubagirl Jan 8, 8:51 a.m.

    raleighlynn, please tell me HOW asking a question is making a false allegation?

    IT ISN'T. Don't be so quick to make your own.

  • ctkane Jan 8, 8:37 a.m.

    What?! NC still has a mental hospital?

  • labluvher Jan 8, 8:24 a.m.

    I do not think this has anything to do with gov't healthcare. I think this has more to do with people that have such disregard for human life that they would allow someone to die and think it would not matter because they are mentally ill.

  • gvmntcheese Jan 8, 8:19 a.m.

    How a question can be posed as an allegation is beyond me... Sounds like some people need to read before flying off the handle to defend an entity that is well known for its share of issues, past and present...

  • raleighlynn Jan 7, 6:36 p.m.

    No, Morrigan, that was Cherry Hospital. Central Regional is state of the art and has always had great reviews from every agency. I suggest you do your homework before you start false allegations.

  • Terkel Jan 7, 5:51 p.m.

    Is this the same hospital where the "staff" sat playing cards and talking as a patient who had been ten feet away, in the same chair for 24 hours, quietly died, and they never even noticed?

    This is govt health care, folks.