Charter Ridge Hospital

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AOL

#1 Oct 26, 2008
I was a patient there (in Lexington) from December 1990 to late February 1991. I had an eating disorder...blah.
Anyone else there during the same time period?
ABC123

Lexington, KY

#3 Jul 31, 2009
I actually worked at The Ridge (formerally Charter Ridge) in 2007. I want to tell you this was the most TERRIBLE place to work. Its not the work itself that was awful, it was the lack of training I recieved. I had never been in this type of environment before, and after 5 days of "in-class" training (which teaches you absolutely NOTHING about what you're getting into) they put you on your assigned unit with another staff member for 2 days - then you are supposed to be on your own. They do not have nearly enough staff to deal with the patient load. I was first on the Adolescent Girls unit for a few weeks - and we had two staff members (including myself) and 15 teenage girls. Tell me HOW we are supposed to keep 15 girls with behavior and mental issues under control with simply 2 people?? Its not going to happen. I was later moved to the Childrens Unit - which was equally hard. We again had two staff members to anywhere from 15-20 children. It was ridiculous. I didnt know what I could and couldnt do - because I didnt feel like I had been properly trained. I was left alone with 12 children on the unit and a fight broke out between two boys who decided to get into a punching match. How can ONE person deal with two boys fighting with 10 others are trying to get involved too? I was taken to the isolation room and left alone with one young boy --who decided it was a good idea to start throwing shoes at me. He then picked up a chair and ran toward me with the legs coming right at me -- I could have been seriously injured. This entire time there is a nurse at the nurses station - she looks through the window--opens the door and says, "Do you need some help in there?" I wanted to smack her!
ABC123

Lexington, KY

#4 Jul 31, 2009
I would also get spit on my patients, bit by patients of whom many had diseases such as HIV, Hepititis, and even AIDS, however we were not allowed to know any of this information. Im sorry--but I am NOT working for $8/hour to get bit and spit on by infected people.
ABC123

Lexington, KY

#7 Jul 31, 2009
I would say the reason for putting you in Isolation for crying was just so you would be able to be by yourself and calm down and not to get the others stirred up - not necessarially as a punishment or anything. I wasnt aware that they strip searched--but I can also see the reasonings behind it. I only worked there for about 6 weeks but I just couldn't handle it. I couldn't handle getting abused every day at work and never knowing what to do or what not to do. Looking back, I wish I had stayed--but I just couldnt do it. I worked 5 days a week from 3pm-11pm with no breaks waht so ever (which is very illegal) but there was no way that I could take a break - because there were not enough staff on the units for people get breaks--so we just did without---I left the building at 11pm every night--got in my car--and cried the entire way home. Finally on my last night, I was extremely sick with the flu --i felt bad all day, but it got worse as the night went on. I went into the nurses station and took my temperature - and it was 103 - so naturally they sent me home - I went back a couple days later after I felt better--turned my key in at the front desk and never looked back.
Jeannie

Denver, CO

#8 Apr 9, 2012
Survivor wrote:
I was a patient there (in Lexington) from December 1990 to late February 1991. I had an eating disorder...blah.
Anyone else there during the same time period?
I was there during that time- Who were the nurses working at the time? I was there from 15yrs old until 18, when my insurance ran out.
Runa

Lexington, KY

#9 Aug 8, 2012
charter ridge has pretty much went downhill now, i used to see a therapist named elizabeth templeman and every time i try to call her to set up an appointment now, they just run a answering machine so i guess the woman bailed on me and theres alot of stuff going on in my life right now especially with being financially stuck right now and my medical insurance is wanting to be screwy on me that i cant just ride up there on a lextran bus every time they decide every 4 seconds to say "ok come up here NOW!" when they actually dont care that ure in a bad living environment and trying to get out of the place plus im disabled.
Help me please

Richmond, KY

#10 Sep 19, 2012
I'm not sure that a hospital like the Ridge is a place to work for too long
Tav

Lexington, KY

#11 Sep 20, 2012
Nobody benefits from that facility.Very chaotic unorganized enviroment.Employees that do stay for any length of time uses that to their advantage from my experience.
Hubby

United States

#12 Oct 7, 2012
I just dropped my wife off there tonight; She is going in for Suicidality and depression. She has been a very angry person for years with no reasoning behind it. Going was her idea, so Id like to think she will be receptive to any help she may receive. My concern is whether or not this place is capable of helping her. I'm very concerned because we have two small children and am basically looking for the truth... Should I hope to see any progress? And how long do they normally keep patients with those type of symptoms? Please help, very concerned and scared

Since: May 12

Lextown

#13 Oct 7, 2012
I was a patient there when it was still Charter Ridge (13 yrs ago). Suicidal, depression, extreme anger... the works. I was on the teenage unit with people who honestly after being there for a day made me terrified.
I can say that thank to two of the MHA's I did get better, I was kept for a week and a half. The think I can say with your wife is watch what medicines they put her on. The combination they gave me was terrible. I went from angry manic depressive to zombie (according to my mother at that time). But there are better medicines out there now.
Also, when she does get out, please, try to talk to her a little. I don't know your situation beyond what you put on here, but, talking helps. Then what ever you do, don't take a woman off her medicines( I stopped therapy for several years). My boyfriend learned that the hard way, and that I needed the final combination (returned to therapy three months ago.)
Hubby

United States

#14 Oct 8, 2012
Basically this issue should have been taken down a family therapy route seeing that she wasn't the the only one in essence effected by the trigger. Will the Ridge coordinate with our family in addressing this issue? She is not the only one in bad shape due to this and the longer she is gone in turn the worse off the other family members are going to get; ultimately if not addressed quickly will result in everyone being admitted.
mr right

Mount Sterling, KY

#15 Oct 8, 2012
Is this a very good place to discuss something like this on topics. If you got a beef about them go too the director and talk about it.not on topics it making you out too be a moron.

Since: May 12

Lextown

#16 Oct 8, 2012
Ridge rarely does anything to involve the family. Honestly I would look into a family therapist. I can give you the name of a few good ones in Lexington if you want to message me. But no matter what be safe, and care for each other.
It is hard on everyone involved: you because you are alone with the kids, the kids because (sometimes) they think the drove the parent to it. Then her, because she has the issues and might not ever know where they steamed from.
If it is something directly in the family then you need to get it taken care of and quickly. Love can turn into pain, then, regret and resentment quickly.
I wish you luck in everything.
~Forever fallen
Angel

Chicago, IL

#17 Jun 16, 2013
I was placed in The Ridge (known as charter ridge when I was 10 years old in Lexington Kentucky. I was placed there by a counselor named Allan from Kentucky River Community Care in Hazard Kentucky along with about every other child patient he had been seeing including one child whom I went to school with. It was the most awful experience of my life. We were there for many different reasons most for behavioral disorders, and the likes personally I was there because the doctor's at KRCC had placed me on so many medications that I could not be removed from them without supervision. I was supposed to be there for 14 days and one the first day we had to sit in the little living space that was by our rooms and listen to the rules be laid out. Everything after that went from bad to worse they had a dark room that they would lock us in if we broke a single rule, and several of the patients had fears of the dark so screaming could be heard. Some of the staff that worked there would be mean to us when the doctor's were not there. pushing kids was something that was common from the staff when they disobeyed the rules and they would push the kids so hard they would fall and start to cry. I was punished on several occasions once because I got upset because all they allowed us to watch was barney. Instead of telling me to be quite when I voice my opinion that barney sucked one employee grabbed me by my arm so hard it bruised me, and pushed me into the dark room. I was not let out until the next morning when it was just a few hours before the doctor was due to see me. I was then punished after he left for peeing in the floor during the night because they did not let me out to use the bathroom, and I was not about to pee in my clothing. When my 14 days were up I packed my clothes and was ready for my mom, and dad to pick me up I was yelled for doing so, and told I would be allowed visitation, and then I would be punished after my parents left. I left my suitcase packed because I thought I was going home that day but they refused to release me, and told my parents that I had to stay there a total of 30 days. I cried and cried but they could not do nothing and when my parents left they punished me for crying and packing by locking me in the dark room after I ate dinner. They left me in there overnight yet again. They would also lock us in the dark room with others who had disobeyed and if we talked while in there they would come in and push us to ground if we were standing and tell us to shut up, and if we were sitting kick at us and yell shut up! They would taunt us with that we were never getting out, and that we were in our home now some would tell us that our parents did not want us to every come home. The one child that I knew from home that was placed there peed in one workers face after asking on several occasions to be let out of the black room to pee we were locked in together at that time the worker was so mad he lashed out to hit him but was stopped by hearing the doctor's voice when he came into the office area. About two days later his guardian came for him and removed him against their wishes from Charter Ridge. We were all scared to tell on the workers especially one big male worker that liked to be extra mean to all of us. I eventually grew tired of it and told what was happening he was released from his job but it did not stop the cruelness that went on. I was shocked at how young the some of the kids were one boy was only two years old. My doctor when I was in there was a doctor named Dr Aug I am not sure if that is spelled correct but it is how it was pronounced. He was a good doctor however he came and treated his patients and left which left us open to the abuse of the workers who worked there and were supposed to be taking care of us. After 30 days passed my mom and dad came to get me, and would not let them keep m any longer. My medical card paid 30,000 for me being there 30 days.
Angel

Chicago, IL

#18 Jun 16, 2013
Charter Ridge is a horrible place it should closed down what I suffered there along with the kids that were there with me should never have happened. I rarely speak of it but I would rather people know how it is before they send their kids there. I am 28 and will be 29 in a few months and I still have bad dreams about that place.
MEDICAL FAMILY

Lexington, KY

#19 Jun 29, 2013
I hope you really worked there
real american

Ashburn, VA

#20 Jun 29, 2013
Hubby wrote:
I just dropped my wife off there tonight; She is going in for Suicidality and depression. She has been a very angry person for years with no reasoning behind it. Going was her idea, so Id like to think she will be receptive to any help she may receive. My concern is whether or not this place is capable of helping her. I'm very concerned because we have two small children and am basically looking for the truth... Should I hope to see any progress? And how long do they normally keep patients with those type of symptoms? Please help, very concerned and scared
no you wont see any progress. i was in the ridge for the same reason. they usually make u stay for two weeks or longer if you insurance will pay for it. should she decide to leave once she sees it is a terrible place, they wont let her. that place is like a prison and they treat you like an inmate. the doctors are rude and hateful and even make fun of you for being there. i was in there with some real mentally disturbed people. i was scared for my life and wouldnt sleep at night. my room mate they put me with told me he was with al quidea and sent her to kill americans and wanted to kill me. i told the staff and they told me not to worry about it and just go back to bed. they would not let me change rooms or get another room mate. that place is terrible. worst two weeks of my life and im still depressed. the only thing i could think about in there is getting out. it really is like prison.
chase

Lexington, KY

#21 Jul 3, 2013
i am 12 I went there 3 times so I know what is going on there the place has really gotten better In the last couple of years I love that place
Eastern State

Nicholasville, KY

#22 Jul 3, 2013
I had a close family member that was going through a mental crisis I.e. hearing voices and stuff like that. The day he turned 18 and his ins ran out they kicked him out. Since that time he has never wanted to go back. He goes to Eastern State when he needs medication changes or extra help. It may not look like the best place but they have taken care of him.

Since: Aug 13

Louisville, KY

#23 Aug 10, 2013
real american wrote:
<quoted text> no you wont see any progress. i was in the ridge for the same reason. they usually make u stay for two weeks or longer if you insurance will pay for it. should she decide to leave once she sees it is a terrible place, they wont let her. that place is like a prison and they treat you like an inmate. the doctors are rude and hateful and even make fun of you for being there. i was in there with some real mentally disturbed people. i was scared for my life and wouldnt sleep at night. my room mate they put me with told me he was with al quidea and sent her to kill americans and wanted to kill me. i told the staff and they told me not to worry about it and just go back to bed. they would not let me change rooms or get another room mate. that place is terrible. worst two weeks of my life and im still depressed. the only thing i could think about in there is getting out. it really is like prison.
I was there recently, and they were great. REBT is wonderful and i would recommend it to anyone who is going through mental issues to seek help.

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