No charges in Broughton Hospital pati...

No charges in Broughton Hospital patient's death

There are 1629 comments on the Charlotte.com story from Oct 14, 2007, titled No charges in Broughton Hospital patient's death. In it, Charlotte.com reports that:

“And everyone should have access to health care.”

No criminal action will be taken in the February death of a Broughton Hospital patient who died of asphyxia after a staff member sat on his torso.The death of 27-year-old Anthony Lowery, a patient at the mental health hospital in Morganton, was one of the incidents that led the federal government to stop Medicaid and Medicare payments in August.

On Monday, the district attorney's office that serves Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties said in a letter to the State Bureau of Investigation that it will not charge the staff member who restrained Lowery in the death. Read more

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debbie

Gastonia, NC

#717 Mar 1, 2013
STFU wrote:
This is an open forum, unmoderated. Anyone who wants to post anything, can. I see a lot of bullying behavior, a lot of down talking about "mentally ill" people.
Debbie adds a lot to this forum, in my opinion. You guys can continue playing like yu are her superior if you want, but she's got you ALL beat when it comes to trying to actually HELP somone.
I am a former patient at Broughton who witnessed many instances of abuse. I decided to do something and criminal charges were filed against several low level staff members.
People who have been there know what this place is like. Broughtom was NEVER set up to handle the seriously or violent mentally ill populace. The facility is understaffed, the staff is poorly pauid and under tained. It is a STATE hospital and as such, like most state hospitals. It is a very dangerous place. The absolute ONLY purpose it serves is that they cannot turn anyone away regardles of ability to pay. Most people who are there are under court order because there IS no other facility in our part of the state. It is a revolving door, hoding tank facility, and there is very little effort made towards rehabilitation of patients.
Absolutley avoid this place........
thank you so much for your understanding,also for seeing what these heartless people are saying,Its a shame that the mentally ill are so abused ,and miss understood,to bad they are not enough good doctors and staff that care enough to really try to help people,I am sorry for the loses of anyone including the staff that were killed there if they truly were any staff that got killed,but that gives no body the right to be down right heartless to other people that has nothing wrong at all besides getting sick,its just like if you go to a hospital,to get treated for a life threaten injure or something like that,what if you went there and just because someone had a bad day,they treated you badly...The nasty thing these people on here have said to me are terrible yes I retaliated,I to said bad things back to these people,maybe I shouldn't have but I am allowed to protect myself ,and I will always stand on the side of the mentally ill because they are not that way cause they want to be,They really cant help it and if some people tried harder they can help some people if people just cared more...hey show some love,by the way i am not mentally ill ,thank you very much but if I was i wouldn't be ashamed to try get help just scared to
debbie

Gastonia, NC

#718 Mar 1, 2013
RAGE wrote:
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Rude, Attention seeking, Bit&h, Hateful, illerate.There is so many words to describe the above post. So thankful I am do not have what ever mental illnesses Debbie has. People try to assist her and she berates them for it. Doesnt think she has any type of problem. YEA RIGHT. She IS the problem. Go ahead and bash me all you want since that seems to be what you are the best at. Maybe some day in the future, someone will MAKE you get the help you need.
excuse me you just did ,far as bashing,you started bashing me first,so you must be one of them heartless people im talking about
debbie

Gastonia, NC

#719 Mar 1, 2013
Frances wrote:
I think everyone who has replied to Debbies post has pretty much figured her out. Because of her mental illness, she can not stop herself from posting on this forum even though she has been assured by many posters that very very few of us believe anything she says. That is a problem with the mentally ill. They BELIEVE everything they say because it all happened in their minds and to them, it is real. Debbie is looking for any type of attention she can get and its a huge problem because she can not control it and will not get the help she needs. She has proven this many times with her rambling posts that change from day to day. She refuses to go back and read them to keep her story straight. Her story do not really matter to her. Its all about ATTENTION,any kind,any type. As long as she gets ATTENTION, she couldnt care what kind it is. Debbie will be back on here shortly, posting something else that makes very little sense if any.All because she CAN NOT RESTRAIN HERSELF FROM SEEKING THE ATTENTION THESE POSTS BRINGS HER. Anyone wanna bet on how long she can stay away? I bet she cant make it 2 days. Better yet, lets give her 4 days. Anyone wanna bet???
another heartless person who has not a clue what they are talking about,you guys cant prove your self's so you keep posting the same thing ,Im better then that,so have a good life
marshall

Benson, NC

#720 Mar 1, 2013
Allen wrote:
I used to work at broughton on the grounds crew. I remember one of the men who was killed by pts. His last name was Clark and he had worked there for 28 yrs when he was beaten to death in the elevator.The staff had to sign papers that they would not speak with the new media that flocked all over broughton once word got out.. The lady who got her neck broken by a patient worked in housekeeping and was off work, leaving the ward when one of the pts attacked her, breaking her neck and leaving her paralyzed from the middle of her back down. He said he did it cause he didnt like the color of coat she was wearing.
I cant remember the names of the others who have been killed by patients but I do remember there was several of them. The staff at broughton are not allowed to speak of this nor speak with the news staff that shows up when this happens.
The state does not provide for the families of these people who are killed by patients nor are the families allowed to file charges against the patients or hospital.
The staff at Boughton do not get paid enough to work on high control, put themselves in danger, to care for these people who's family couldnt care less about them. The families of the staff who were killed do not receive any type of help from the state either. I do know that the patient who killed Mr Clark in the elevator was released from broughton and now walks the streets of morganton. He never served time for the murder and is a free man to walk beside you on the street and you will never know.
I also worked at Broughton when mr clark was murdered by a patient in the elevator. The state has not assisted his family at all. His wife who is disable,lost their home because of the loss of his income. The children has been assisted with clothing and such by family members. The neighbors has helped his wife raise their children. And the patient who did this was "cured" and released from Broughton several yrs after he murdered mr clark. No time served for murder..
Lisa

Charlotte, NC

#721 Mar 2, 2013
If children were involved and worked for 28 years then she should get survivors benefits for the children.
Lisa

Charlotte, NC

#722 Mar 2, 2013
vasemistolitto wrote:
Getting back to the point of this forum,(Anthony Lowery), it was clear abuse and the man who killed Anthony should have been punished.
That is the main topic and we all are free to comment in our own way Bethanny and Frances. This is not a forum to demonstrate verbal abuse-it's a forum to discuss abuse at Broughton.
Allen

Conover, NC

#723 Mar 2, 2013
Lisa wrote:
If children were involved and worked for 28 years then she should get survivors benefits for the children.
Their children basically grown. One was in the last yr of high school and one was in college. Takes money to put a kid through school.
Allen

Conover, NC

#724 Mar 2, 2013
Lisa wrote:
<quoted text>
That is the main topic and we all are free to comment in our own way Bethanny and Frances. This is not a forum to demonstrate verbal abuse-it's a forum to discuss abuse at Broughton.
Thats what I was talking about. Patients abusing staff. Patients KILLING staff and no one can charge them for it. Then the patient "gets well" and is dicharged to walk the streets.
Lisa

Charlotte, NC

#725 Mar 2, 2013
I think a lot of people are under the impression that mental illness is when someone is basically psychotic 24/7. When a patient is in crisis they can be violent and unaware or flat in emotion. A horrible symptom with a lot of terrible endings. In that crisis mode is when a person needs to be hospitalized and need to get better so they can live their lives. I have found that during that stage of illness Broughtons staff members abuse the patients more often. Perhaps that is because the person cannot express the event and the staff walks free. Seems to me it's the opinion that these patients are faking their illness and it concerns me the way the staff members on the forum speak about the patients. Why would a person work there if they had negative feelings or opinions about patients? I would really love to know the staff members opinion that were in the room while Anthony's restraint took place and resulted in death.
Lisa

Charlotte, NC

#726 Mar 2, 2013
debbie wrote:
<quoted text>excuse me you just did ,far as bashing,you started bashing me first,so you must be one of them heartless people im talking about
Debbie,

I wonder if all the Debbie haters are trying to change the subject, so the real abuse at Broughton will not be exposed? Kinda like a child who has done something they shouldn't and then they focus on everyone else?
Louann

Wilson, NC

#727 Mar 2, 2013
I have been reading these posts as tears run down my face. My uncle was the MR CLARK who was murdered by a patient at broughton yrs ago. He was a wonderful man, worked every day, spend money out of his own pocket to buy snacks for the patients.Alot of the pts family DID NOT leave or send the patients money to buy snacks, sodas or such. We were told that my uncle had taken this patient down to the snack machines and the pt didnt have any money so my uncle bought him a drink. The patient wanted him to buy him some junk food also but my uncle didnt have any more money to get him anything else. The patient said they got in the elevator and he decided to show my uncle who was boss.The pt said he was standing to the side of my uncle and began banging his head into the metal doors until he fell to the floor. The staff said the patient walked off the elevator, covered in blood and sat down to drink his drink that my uncle has just bought him. They ran to the elevator and found my uncle dead in the floor. His wallet was missing and after searching the patient, they found his wallet on the pt. No money in the wallet. My uncle has spent his last 1.00 on this patient a drink and he turned and killed him not 5 minutes later.Nice way of saying thanks for the drink wasnt it.? This patient was found "CURED" and discharged from Broughton a few yrs later. He lives in morganton and someone who worked at broughton when my uncle was killed told my aunt this pts name and she knows him, sees him walking around town, shopping, going to the music they have in town during the summer. Stop and think. How does this make my aunt feel? No one ever built a minutes worth of time for my uncles death. Basically it means my uncles life wasnt worth anything.
Now.. I think everyone should just leave this topic alone and let Lisa and Debbie have it. They both seem to think they know everything there is to know about Broughton. so let them complain all they want to..
Lisa

Charlotte, NC

#728 Mar 2, 2013
Louann,

I am sorry for your loss and it is very tragic. Your uncle sounds like he truly cared about his patients. My daughter is mentally ill and if it came across that I think all workers don't care or are abusive that my was not my intention, so I am very sorry that it hurt you.

The point of my post is to expose the opposite of your uncle, the staff that hurts and abuses the patients. I feel a deep need to protect my child and unfortunately she is too ill for me to keep her home and have to hospitalize her often.

We have been fortunate in our situation to have some very loving staff members that have taken my daughter under their wing trying to help her, so in no way are all staff or mental patients created equal.

If the man that killed your uncle faked his illness and walked free I'm a true believer God will take care of him in his own way.

So, please accept my apology.
debbie

Gastonia, NC

#729 Mar 2, 2013
Lisa wrote:
<quoted text>
That is the main topic and we all are free to comment in our own way Bethanny and Frances. This is not a forum to demonstrate verbal abuse-it's a forum to discuss abuse at Broughton.
thats right lisa
debbie

Gastonia, NC

#730 Mar 2, 2013
Louann wrote:
I have been reading these posts as tears run down my face. My uncle was the MR CLARK who was murdered by a patient at broughton yrs ago. He was a wonderful man, worked every day, spend money out of his own pocket to buy snacks for the patients.Alot of the pts family DID NOT leave or send the patients money to buy snacks, sodas or such. We were told that my uncle had taken this patient down to the snack machines and the pt didnt have any money so my uncle bought him a drink. The patient wanted him to buy him some junk food also but my uncle didnt have any more money to get him anything else. The patient said they got in the elevator and he decided to show my uncle who was boss.The pt said he was standing to the side of my uncle and began banging his head into the metal doors until he fell to the floor. The staff said the patient walked off the elevator, covered in blood and sat down to drink his drink that my uncle has just bought him. They ran to the elevator and found my uncle dead in the floor. His wallet was missing and after searching the patient, they found his wallet on the pt. No money in the wallet. My uncle has spent his last 1.00 on this patient a drink and he turned and killed him not 5 minutes later.Nice way of saying thanks for the drink wasnt it.? This patient was found "CURED" and discharged from Broughton a few yrs later. He lives in morganton and someone who worked at broughton when my uncle was killed told my aunt this pts name and she knows him, sees him walking around town, shopping, going to the music they have in town during the summer. Stop and think. How does this make my aunt feel? No one ever built a minutes worth of time for my uncles death. Basically it means my uncles life wasnt worth anything.
Now.. I think everyone should just leave this topic alone and let Lisa and Debbie have it. They both seem to think they know everything there is to know about Broughton. so let them complain all they want to..
luoann, Im truly sorry for your loss,Im not talking about the few good ones that work ,there,God bless him and may he rest In peace in Gods loving arms,and like Lisa said the person that did this to him ,will pay for it,but that still does not give the others there the right to abuse,the others pts there that has not done anything but get sick and there loved ones etc want them to get help,May God Bless you and give you the strength to over come this time ,I am truly sorry for your loss
debbie

Gastonia, NC

#731 Mar 2, 2013
Lisa wrote:
I think a lot of people are under the impression that mental illness is when someone is basically psychotic 24/7. When a patient is in crisis they can be violent and unaware or flat in emotion. A horrible symptom with a lot of terrible endings. In that crisis mode is when a person needs to be hospitalized and need to get better so they can live their lives. I have found that during that stage of illness Broughtons staff members abuse the patients more often. Perhaps that is because the person cannot express the event and the staff walks free. Seems to me it's the opinion that these patients are faking their illness and it concerns me the way the staff members on the forum speak about the patients. Why would a person work there if they had negative feelings or opinions about patients? I would really love to know the staff members opinion that were in the room while Anthony's restraint took place and resulted in death.
thank you Lisa,thats how I feel too
Bull

Brevard, NC

#732 Mar 3, 2013
Mo staff has ever been murdered at Broughton.
Louann

Wilson, NC

#733 Mar 3, 2013
Bull wrote:
Mo staff has ever been murdered at Broughton.
Try telling that to my aunt and cousins.
Try citing your source

Brevard, NC

#734 Mar 3, 2013
Just because you get on here under a hundred differnet names and genders showing numerous locations doesn't mean you are actually being successful with your stupid attempts.

Either cite a reputable source or stop.
gary

Conover, NC

#735 Mar 4, 2013
Try citing your source wrote:
Just because you get on here under a hundred differnet names and genders showing numerous locations doesn't mean you are actually being successful with your stupid attempts.
Either cite a reputable source or stop.
Why do you think she needs to Prove anything to you? Talk about stupid! If you are so interested, search for it.. So... now YOU will change your name and come back on here with another stupid post. Your problem is , you location remains the same. DUH!
Louann, I feel for you and your family. I do recall when this happened. I also remember when Mrs Berry was attacked and her neck was broken. The staff are hurt at Broughton ALOT more than they want the public to know about. It helps to work the local E.R. We see it quite often.
marsha

Benson, NC

#736 Mar 4, 2013
Louann, knew your uncle very well. I worked 3rd shift on the ward your uncle was killed on.He was a very special person who cared for the pts and gave them alot things that their family did not provide for them.The pt who killed him bragged about it to the point other patient was trying to beat him up. He wasnt mentally ill,he was looking for a free ride.He didnt want to work and figured out that he could play crazy in the winter time and come n at broughton so he didnt have to sleep on the streets.

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