NeuroBehavioral Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Crown Level, Ind., fired an worker final week after she was quoted in a New York Occasions article about nursing houses illegally dumping unprofitable sufferers at emergency rooms and psychiatric hospitals.
The worker, Kimberly Jackson, was a discharge planner on the NeuroBehavioral Hospital. Her employment was terminated on Thursday as a result of she violated the hospital’s media coverage, in response to Rebecca Holloway, the hospital’s company director of human sources.
Ms. Jackson stated she spoke to The Occasions to assist expose how nursing houses in Illinois and Michigan routinely despatched aged and disabled sufferers to the hospital the place she labored in an obvious effort to evict the residents. The article, revealed on Sept. 19, quoted her as saying that almost all of these sufferers weren’t psychotic and mustn’t have been despatched to the hospital.
“The houses appear to be purposely taking signs of dementia as proof of psychosis,” Ms. Jackson stated within the article. She cited the instance of a resident whom a nursing dwelling had claimed was psychotic as a result of the resident yelled at a workers member.
The article described how nursing houses are seizing on widespread signs of dementia to do away with sufferers who’re poor or want further care. The article reported that after hospitals discharged the sufferers, the nursing houses typically refused to allow them to return, an obvious violation of federal legislation.
Ms. Jackson stated she was shocked that she was fired for chatting with the media.
“I noticed one thing that was fallacious, and I referred to as it out,” she stated.