Mental Hospital Ignored Woman in Labor

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHATTAHOOCHEE, Fla. - June 3, 2012

In a new report, state mental health administrators say a northwest Florida facility was poorly equipped to care for a pregnant woman and ignored her pleas for help when she went into labor.

The woman at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee was eventually airlifted to Tallahassee. Her baby was born in December with profound brain damage.

In a report released Friday, the inspector general of Florida's Department of Children and Families faults hospital staff for not consistently documenting the woman's vital signs and lacking policies to ensure care for pregnant women.

DCF spokesman Joe Follick tells The Miami Herald that staffing has long been a problem at the hospital. Four employees were disciplined. Hospital Administrator Diane James was allowed to resign as planned.

A criminal investigation also continues.


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  • by 198009 on Jun 4, 2012 at 01:15 PM
    You Administrators and Clerical people at FSH stay off them Taxpayers computers reading and responding to this,you all know it is against Florida Policy to use State Computers in that manner.Keep the focus on what us tax payers are paying you to do.
  • by 198009 on Jun 4, 2012 at 01:06 PM
    My heart goes out to the mother and her child.Florida State Hospital is one of the last " Southern Plantations" that needs to be gone with the wind.It has always been run like a Plantation out of the 1800's with a lot of chiefs and very few workers.Most smart professionals use this place for a stepping ground to get to Tallahassee or some other Institution.Those that live in the area are stuck into a place that is fast becoming a ghost town that don't have a major supermarket to buy goods from.They don't care for change to much at FSH,they keep hiring people that they can control,they don't care for new idea's of no kind.Mention Tallahassee, and the leading staff gets scared.They gets rid of staff that are willing to speak up.They pink slipped alot of qualified staff almost a year ago and kept hiring new people that don't have a clue how to work with residents even though they have inservice training for two weeks.The Training people have not worked directly with residents....So this is what happens 2012 style at FSH.If it stays open,It will be more to come just like the past 150 years.Now call me out if I told a lie on anything commented here.
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      by gravelyconcern on Jun 4, 2012 at 03:49 PM in reply to 198009
      198009 - I totally agree w/you. When is DCF going to recognize that there must be a problem w/management at FSH. There have been problem after problem there. It's like getting the small dealers and never touching the head dealer that's giving the bad stuff to small dealers to distribute; thus, the problems never go away. Obviously, DCF headquarters staff are just as corrupted as management at FSH.
  • by mark Location: quincy on Jun 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM
    My wife used to work for that facility, and that's one of the most unorganized hospital in the Florida. They also work the nurses like dogs, and don't care about the employees.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM in reply to mark
      That is everywhere.
  • by State Worker Location: Gretna on Jun 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    I feel like the direct care staff shouldnt b at fault when the medical staff dont do nothing for tge resident its gone b more the that happen up there the medical staff is there for the money
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      by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM in reply to State Worker
      Yes, they are their for the money. What did you think. People work for the money.
  • by Anon on Jun 4, 2012 at 10:21 AM
    Not everyone who works there mistreats or abuses the residents at the hospital. Unfortunately, a few people misjudged the situation and did not act in a proper manner. It is an embarrassing situation for the rest of us who work there. When things like this occur, only the negative things regarding the hospital is mentioned. I just find it to be sad that she was ignored during the incident until it was nearly too late. Regardless of her mental status, if she had complained of being in labor, the correct thing to do is notify the nurse and start documenting each and every detail that takes place. When the LPN failed to do her part, that would have been a good time for the other staff to notify the RN on duty. Had the RN also ignored the woman as well, someone could have called an emergency code. The emergency team with EMTs, doctors, nurses would have arrived to take this resident to the hospital for a full examination. I agree with the disciplinary actions that were handed out. I hope other employees learn from the mistakes that were made in this event to prevent it from occurring again in the future.
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      by Diverting the blame to "the LPN" on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM in reply to Anon
      Ooooo you sure are hanging the LPN and RN out to dry....nobody else ...like maybe you had a part?
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        by Angie F. on Jun 4, 2012 at 04:20 PM in reply to Diverting the blame to "the LPN"
        It is a well known fact that all direct care staff have nothing to do with medical procedures. The NURSES are the only People that can get authotization to send someone to the ER.
  • by state worker on Jun 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    How is it that the institution has had staffing problems for years, but the HR director got a huge pay raise this year? Seems odd since there's been no cost off living increase for quite Sommer timer.
  • by Jennifer Location: H. on Jun 4, 2012 at 09:54 AM
    You cannot comment on the conditions of Florida State Hospital until you have actually worked there or even drove on campus for that matter. Most people wouldn't make it a week working under the stress there. There are sometimes at least 50 mental crime committed residents on a Ward with 6 to 7 staff. And the place where this pregnant Resident was housed is always understaffed and has VERY POOR MANAGEMENT. Also, firing Direct Care Staff when this was clearly a Medical Issue is throwing the blame off on someone else. Someone really needs to look Into this and find the REAL source of the problem.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 at 09:40 AM
    Was the women white? Were the employees black?
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      by Jennifer on Jun 4, 2012 at 04:11 PM in reply to
      How is that Relvent to this Issue. Everything is Not About Race. Some of these Comments just really Makes People in this Area Seem Snobbish and Selfish. I never knew all these down south "Good Ole Boys and Girls" were still around. It's 2012, not 1812. GROW UP and Realize that Change Is Needed for Kids Future.
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        by Sam on Jun 5, 2012 at 07:43 AM in reply to Jennifer
        Pull off those dark shades and take a peek into the real world,we already know it is 2012 and if you think the good ole boy's and girl's aren't around still,you are living in a dream world.You are the one that needs to grow up.Learn to stay on topic of discussion for once. When change do come for the kids future,you will not even know it.
  • by A Location: Flori on Jun 4, 2012 at 08:49 AM
    If you have never worked in a mental facility, you don't have a leg to stand on. There are days you don't have enough of yourself or time to give every resident the time they feel they are entitled to. The employees do their best with what they have. These people have not had a raise in over 6 years. Due to our current government, they also are in need of more and more supplies. Towels, bath cloths, sheets, pillow cases, etc. are outsourced to a company in Pensacola. When staff runs out of towels, for example, they wait for the next delivery. Oh well.
  • by Anne Location: Tallahassee on Jun 4, 2012 at 08:43 AM
    The legislature has significantly reduced the number o staff and the amount of salary dollars available for staff in Florida mental health hospitals. When you read articles about what is being cut, do you notice when it says state hospitals over and over? The positions that have been advertised recently are so paying so little that very qualified staff will not work for that. I don't mean to diss the people that do work there because there are some good and qualified staff, but not enough of the the one with college degrees in this field and more who have less training due to low budgets. These people have a lot of patients to attend to at the same time who maybe be making similar demands. This woman may have been a screamer already, as some, but not all, patients do rant and yell due to their psychosis. Perhaps the staff did not realize she was in labor. The investigation will find out what happened. Will the news agencies care enough to follow up and report the findings?
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      by GV on Jun 4, 2012 at 11:37 AM in reply to Anne
      What would you rather cut,stuff like this,or would you rather cut welfare to mothers for having kids?Would you rather cut this or would you rather cut long term unemployment to people who are perfectly capable of working?Would you rather cut this,or cut welfare to thousands of illegals?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM in reply to Anne
      Reduce staff was not the problem. A law that required the employer to hire these people because of skin color was. They need to do away with that law.
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        by to racist on Jun 4, 2012 at 09:48 PM in reply to
        U are an idiot. Yall white folks are not about to do nothing. Yall scarey and you not about to be kicked, punched or beat up on. Blacks keep that place going. If they released all blacks and hired whites in utr and hsw positions please yall wud run for ur life. Its not day care. Its real. And its dangerous. I left there 2 years ago bcos i was jumped on and it was brushed under the rug. Blacks are in the world to stay. So baby get u so business.
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      by Nunni on Jun 4, 2012 at 03:39 PM in reply to Anne
      Anne - but u r dissing the hardest working people @ FSH. A college degree is not reguired in most direct staff positions, but experience would be helpful. HR should have thought about this last year when pink slips were given to experience direct staff; but instead the HR Director gets a hefty raise. What newspaper article did u read this year,where FSH had to cut positions? The $$ should have been spent on staff a few years ago, as intended, rather than on cameras to spy on staff; and redundant time clocks. THAT PLACE IS A MESS - and will always be until new blood is in place to straighten things out.
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