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Psychiatrist attacked at Cherry Hospital

Posted June 24, 2011

— A spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that a patient at a state-run psychiatric hospital assaulted a psychiatrist.

Mark Van Sciver said the incident happened June 8 at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro and that the victim, who was struck in the head, was treated at a local hospital and released.

He would not elaborate further but said the psychiatrist wasn't wearing a body alarm, a device hospital workers are supposed to wear in case they need help.

The doctor said that the attack happened so quickly that the alarm would not have helped, Van Sciver said.

Staff members at the hospital have expressed concerns to The News & Observer of Raleigh about there not being enough alarms that work for all employees.

The paper reported that hospital officials say there is no shortage of alarms at the facility.


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  • bombayrunner Jun 24, 2011

    kudos for the Psychiatrist for getting the word out. It is a dangerous job, a thankless one, too. The staff is very professional and caring to a population of society that has no voice. It is a battlefield of sorts. A caring, consistant and stable employees = better controlled patients who make progress. Stop politicking the lives of the patients. Central Regional, formerly Dix and JUH, have a wonderful air of friendliness, compassion and professionalism. Special consideration goes to the awesome HEALTHCARE TECHS who are on the front lines and do a remarkable job with these very ill patients.

  • onecrazy88fan Jun 24, 2011

    Psh... this kind of thing happens all the time, but you don't hear squat. Let a patient get sneezed on, however, and OHHHHH BOY! Only reason we heard about this was because it was a doctor that got smacked. The nurses and technicians that work in the State hospitals are virtual punching bags.

  • mulecitybabe Jun 24, 2011

    According to the N&O, Nate Carmichael (one of Cherry's old guard administrators) lied about the number of working alarms available. Whistles have now been handed out to staff due to the alarm shortage.

    Just imagine trying to stick a whistle in your mouth and blow while you are trying to defend yourself from a physical attack by a person much larger and stronger than yourself, one that has no fear of being arrested or charged for hitting you, because that is policy and the patients know it.

  • mulecitybabe Jun 24, 2011

    Patients attack staff on a regular, almost daily basis at the State psych hospitals. It almost never makes the news.

    Is everybody aware that staff in these hospitals are prohibited from calling the Campus Police for protection in event of an attack? There is nowhere else in the state that I am aware of that prohibits a citizen from calling law enforcement if they are assaulted.

  • justafella Jun 24, 2011

    Working alarm's or just alarm's on hand?

  • scarletindurham Jun 24, 2011

    So what? My mom is a nurse and a patient broke her wrist. It wasn't on WRAL.