No charges in Broughton Hospital patient's death

Oct 14, 2007 Full story: Charlotte.com 1,370

“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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kalja terapia

Helsinki, Finland

#516 Nov 2, 2012
The thing that gets me about some of the comments is that they do not sound humane. For example, one person wrote that, the staff at broughton would never rough up a patient because they don't want to loose their jobs over some "crazy person". Another person wrote that they would never throw a patient through a window because they have to do paper work and clean up the mess. They won't do it because that it is inhumane to throw another human being through the window but the paper work stops them and the fact that there are cameras now means that if they choose to rough some one up, they will loose their jobs over "some crazy person". Hmmm
Observer

Salem, VA

#517 Nov 2, 2012
Hmmm, Debbie you said that your daughter was there for a sleep disorder...did you try taking her to your family doctor first to see if maybe a certain medication could help her? This makes no sense. Why would someone with a sleep disorder be admitted into a mental hospital? I know people who have problems with sleeping and their doctors prescribe them medication and it helps. I have never heard of someone being put in a mental hospital over sleeping issues....unless it was to do some kind of sleep study or something related to that. I'm sorry but this lady is exaggerating her story and leaving out certain facts that would explain why her brother was diciplined while he was at Broughton. If you want any sympathy from me, you'll have to tell the truth about it instead of telling just your side of the story. I'm sure that the employees who worked there at the time would tell a completely different story.
sickofit

Bailey, NC

#518 Nov 2, 2012
I agree with the posters who stated Debbie is adding ALOT to the story and leaving out key info. One of the biggies is this MIGHT have happened to her brother 30+ yrs ago. Its really hard to believe anything she posts since her story seems to keep changing and I dont think she really KNOWS what happened if anything really did happen. Also, People are not put in a mental hospital because they can not sleep. That is not a mental illness. They dont even do sleep studies at mental hospitals. Debbie has posted so much stuff that she can no longer keep her stories straight. There is nothing that can be done about something that MAY have happened 30+ yrs ago and she really needs to move on. Telling the truth dont seem to be an option for Debbie.Attention seeking behavior seems to be a problem for Debbie.
debbie charlotte

Charlotte, NC

#519 Nov 5, 2012
Observer wrote:
Hmmm, Debbie you said that your daughter was there for a sleep disorder...did you try taking her to your family doctor first to see if maybe a certain medication could help her? This makes no sense. Why would someone with a sleep disorder be admitted into a mental hospital? I know people who have problems with sleeping and their doctors prescribe them medication and it helps. I have never heard of someone being put in a mental hospital over sleeping issues....unless it was to do some kind of sleep study or something related to that. I'm sorry but this lady is exaggerating her story and leaving out certain facts that would explain why her brother was diciplined while he was at Broughton. If you want any sympathy from me, you'll have to tell the truth about it instead of telling just your side of the story. I'm sure that the employees who worked there at the time would tell a completely different story.
No I didnt say she was in there for sleep disorder,ok I said she had a sleep disorder, nd that while she was in there for the peoblems she had which was not because of the sleep disorder she has!!!!!!Anyway one of the staff up there threw her onto the bed really hard, because she refused to go to bed,also I do not want nor need your sympathy,like I have stated before,does not matter what my brother was doing.The staff could have handled it in a deffrent way,It matters not rather you or anyone esl beleaves me,when it happens to one of your loved ones or you, then you will know.Just want all you staff at Broughton hosp to know I aint one bit afaird of you.I am not helpless I can defend my self,and I mean mentally
sickofit

Bailey, NC

#520 Nov 5, 2012
Debbie, the more you post,the more you are convincing everyone you are exaggerating. NO ONE believes anyone just walked up to your brother and threw him out of a window THAT HAVE METAL BARS ON THEM. There is no possible way this could have ever happened!You are NOT convincing anyone of this,in fact, with each post you make, you add or take away something. You can no longer keep your stories straight.
Debbie charlotte

Charlotte, NC

#521 Nov 5, 2012
sickofit wrote:
Debbie, the more you post,the more you are convincing everyone you are exaggerating. NO ONE believes anyone just walked up to your brother and threw him out of a window THAT HAVE METAL BARS ON THEM. There is no possible way this could have ever happened!You are NOT convincing anyone of this,in fact, with each post you make, you add or take away something. You can no longer keep your stories straight.
With every post you post,seems you yourself are trying to hide something .there is places in mental institutions that have glass windows without bars.Everyone who indeed has visit ,a mental institution knows this.Also the staff can take the pt places where they do what ever they want to them,how do you think abuse cases has been won against that place ,people indeed have brought against that place called broughton hospital look it up see. For. yourself if your smart enough to
kalja terapia

Tampere, Finland

#522 Nov 6, 2012
Well in most of these places, the places where visitors go, look much nicer than the actual wards themselves. Some mental illness have loss of sleep. For example people suffering from bipolar mania sleep less.
kalja terapia

Tampere, Finland

#523 Nov 6, 2012
Impact of sleep disturbance on patients in treatment for mental disorders

Håvard Kallestad, Bjarne Hansen, Knut Langsrud, Torleif Ruud, Gunnar Morken, Tore C Stiles, Rolf W Gråwe BMC Psychiatry 2012, 12:179 (29 October 2012)

This is an interesting article about sleep disturbances among mentally ill.
youraidiot

Bailey, NC

#524 Nov 6, 2012
Debbie charlotte wrote:
<quoted text>With every post you post,seems you yourself are trying to hide something .there is places in mental institutions that have glass windows without bars.Everyone who indeed has visit ,a mental institution knows this.Also the staff can take the pt places where they do what ever they want to them,how do you think abuse cases has been won against that place ,people indeed have brought against that place called broughton hospital look it up see. For. yourself if your smart enough to
Debbie, as stated before, you are just making it worse with each post you make. The ONLY areas of Broughton that DOES NOT have bars on the windows is the office areas and patients are not allowed in these areas.You can not even get in those areas without KEYS and patients CAN NOT GET KEYS! You really need to do your own research before posting because you do not know what you are talking about. Your posts has became the main topic at Broughton. Alot of staff are getting a really good laugh out of your posts. Anyone who who works there, has ever worked there or even just drove through the place KNOWS about the bars on the windows. And these bars have been on the windows in ALL areas that patients are in since the place was built. So, you post all you want about someone throwing your brother, who just happened to be sitting around minding his own business, out a window. THERE IS NO WAY POSSIBLE FOR THIS TO HAPPEN! And you will be right back on here, saying your poor brother was tossed out a window which could never happen. Keep it up Debbie, you are really convincing everyone of one thing and it has NOTHING to do with your brother.DELUSIONAL!
Bruce

Newton, NC

#525 Nov 6, 2012
Debbie, it is a KNOWN fact that bars have been on the windows of any areas patients are in at broughton since the place was built. Your story is NOT true. AM not sure if your brother told you this story or your family but as another poster said, you are leaving out some very important facts. If you do a bit of research, you will see that there is NO WAY your brother was pushed, tossed or thrown out any window at Broughton. Do some research.
debbie charlotte

Charlotte, NC

#526 Nov 6, 2012
youraidiot wrote:
<quoted text>
Debbie, as stated before, you are just making it worse with each post you make. The ONLY areas of Broughton that DOES NOT have bars on the windows is the office areas and patients are not allowed in these areas.You can not even get in those areas without KEYS and patients CAN NOT GET KEYS! You really need to do your own research before posting because you do not know what you are talking about. Your posts has became the main topic at Broughton. Alot of staff are getting a really good laugh out of your posts. Anyone who who works there, has ever worked there or even just drove through the place KNOWS about the bars on the windows. And these bars have been on the windows in ALL areas that patients are in since the place was built. So, you post all you want about someone throwing your brother, who just happened to be sitting around minding his own business, out a window. THERE IS NO WAY POSSIBLE FOR THIS TO HAPPEN! And you will be right back on here, saying your poor brother was tossed out a window which could never happen. Keep it up Debbie, you are really convincing everyone of one thing and it has NOTHING to do with your brother.DELUSIONAL!
For one thing you need to get your facts right,okay I didnt say that the pts got in there, I said the staff took them there,I never said my brother waz sitting there minding his own business either! I did say no matter what he did or didnt do nobody had a right to abuse another person like that no matter what!!and you people that work at Broughton need to stop calling these people crazy! they are indeed people just like you are, they have feelings too, you guys are the ones who need a reality check!!!You are there to help people not hurt them,and from the post you people put on here ,you dont care to much for anybody not even your self!!!They are not responsable for there actions you people are!!!!!!!!
Elaine

Newton, NC

#527 Nov 6, 2012
Debbie, the problem with your posts is it is just did not happen. There is no way he could have been thrown out a window. EVERYONE knows about the bars and it just could not have happened. You really need to get your facts straight before you post this nonsense. You are making bad matters worse with this story that couldnt have happened the way you want people to believe it did.
Elaine

Newton, NC

#528 Nov 6, 2012
debbie charlotte wrote:
<quoted text>For one thing you need to get your facts right,okay I didnt say that the pts got in there, I said the staff took them there,I never said my brother waz sitting there minding his own business either! I did say no matter what he did or didnt do nobody had a right to abuse another person like that no matter what!!and you people that work at Broughton need to stop calling these people crazy! they are indeed people just like you are, they have feelings too, you guys are the ones who need a reality check!!!You are there to help people not hurt them,and from the post you people put on here ,you dont care to much for anybody not even your self!!!They are not responsable for there actions you people are!!!!!!!!
So... Now your story changes once again. So.. The staff TOOK your brother to an area of the hospital that does not have bars on the windows and threw him out the window. stop and think about this Debbie... Does that make sense to you??? Probably. But not to anyone else.
vasemistolitto

Helsinki, Finland

#529 Nov 7, 2012
Now that i know that the broughton workers are actually discussing this topic. Well not so this topic but about Debbie. Let me get off topic a bit. Just out of curiousity, are you all unionized? I have found on the internet about the workers' union in NC. There is a union for state workers, UE 150. I have found out that Central Regional hospital and Cherry hospital wokers are unionized. Does Broughton also have a union? If not, then maybe there needs to be a union. There are obviously problem with the state and how it treats it employees especially the mental hospital workers. i believe that initially the workers want a safe place to work and safe place for the patients. i seriously suggest that the workers organize state your grievances to the state and if need be, to the federal government. This is not just a problem in NC it is a problem in most state hospitals across the country. i can't find the central regional hospital union website but cherry hospital has a special website about their chapter. Just google Cherry hospital UE 150. There is on that website contact information. These problem just don't go away by complaining in the offices. They go away when the workers organize. There is power in the union. Workers have more power by putting their hands in their pockets than any boss.
Martha

Bailey, NC

#530 Nov 7, 2012
Debbie, The biggest advantage of telling the truth is you dont have to remember what you said.. Think about that for a bit. Good advice you should follow.Would make life easier for you and maybe people would begin to believe things you say, if they are true, which your story is not.
vasemistolitto

Helsinki, Finland

#531 Nov 8, 2012
Bars on the windows? i looked up Sims NC. It is not anywhere near Morganton so how can you know that Debbie's comments are the main topic at broughton hospital? Also what buildings at broughton actually have bars on the windows? Besides, don't workers at broughton have anything else to do but yappity yapp at Debbie's comments? I thought that they are busy taming, in your words, "the crazy people".
kalja terapia

Helsinki, Finland

#532 Nov 8, 2012
Debbie charlotte wrote:
<quoted text>With every post you post,seems you yourself are trying to hide something .there is places in mental institutions that have glass windows without bars.Everyone who indeed has visit ,a mental institution knows this.Also the staff can take the pt places where they do what ever they want to them,how do you think abuse cases has been won against that place ,people indeed have brought against that place called broughton hospital look it up see. For. yourself if your smart enough to
i have looked up this lawsuits on the internet and only found one case. The complaint wasn't about the treatment. This guy was a house bill and was angry that the time he spent at broughton was not added to the time he would spend in jail. i don't think that broughton is willing to mention to anyone calling there that their are pending law suits. Just curious
Martha

Bailey, NC

#533 Nov 8, 2012
vasemistolitto wrote:
Bars on the windows? i looked up Sims NC. It is not anywhere near Morganton so how can you know that Debbie's comments are the main topic at broughton hospital? Also what buildings at broughton actually have bars on the windows? Besides, don't workers at broughton have anything else to do but yappity yapp at Debbie's comments? I thought that they are busy taming, in your words, "the crazy people".
Am not sure what you country does but here, Our location on these forums is based on where our IPS is located, Not where we live. ALL windows at Broughton that are in patient areas has bars on them. I live about 5 miles from Broughton. Pass it every day going to work. Have family who works there.Now, my question to you is why are you on here yappily yapping about something that is not even in the same country you live in?
debbie charlotte

Charlotte, NC

#534 Nov 8, 2012
vasemistolitto wrote:
Bars on the windows? i looked up Sims NC. It is not anywhere near Morganton so how can you know that Debbie's comments are the main topic at broughton hospital? Also what buildings at broughton actually have bars on the windows? Besides, don't workers at broughton have anything else to do but yappity yapp at Debbie's comments? I thought that they are busy taming, in your words, "the crazy people".
Wow! Finely someone with since.Thank you so much for your understanding.Also facts
debbie charlotte

Charlotte, NC

#535 Nov 8, 2012
Martha wrote:
<quoted text>
Am not sure what you country does but here, Our location on these forums is based on where our IPS is located, Not where we live. ALL windows at Broughton that are in patient areas has bars on them. I live about 5 miles from Broughton. Pass it every day going to work. Have family who works there.Now, my question to you is why are you on here yappily yapping about something that is not even in the same country you live in?
Every one is intitled to tell there opinion,no matter where they live.You guys sure speaks your opinions even tho you guys are wrong.now that someone esl tells the truth you want to try and down them please give me a break.Its like you people who work at Broughton are afaird that the truth will come out,and you will lose you job or something.Now I dont wish no bad on nobody just want all to be treated fair incudling the pts there who really want help. Dont judge a book by its cover, some people there really are not bad and truely do want help and they, deseve a chance to get well.Just like if you are sick in the hosptial for lets say a bladder infection would you want someone just ta beat the hell out of you.Just because they are having a bad day or someone esl faked there sickness?

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