Oakwood Slapped With Serious Citation Despite New Management

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - The state's largest facility for mentally
retarded adults has been cited again over the injury of a patient.
A staffer at the Communities at Oakwood left a shoeprint on a
patient's face during an incident on June 17, according to a
citation released Monday.
Oakwood officials failed to conduct a thorough investigation of
the incident by not questioning the staff properly and not
reviewing video surveillance, according to the citation.
The videotape revealed a caretaker striking the patient and the
"staff then dragged the client across the floor to the client's
The Type A citation, the most serious kind, is the third issued
by state inspectors in the last two months against Bluegrass Mental
Health/Mental Retardation Board, which took over operations at the
Somerset facility in November.
Bluegrass President Joseph Toy told The Courier-Journal that he
is disturbed by the most recent incident and has fired four
employees. A fifth employee involved in the incident resigned.
He stressed that Bluegrass remains committed to improving care
and safety for the 230 residents at Oakwood.
Mark D. Birdwhistell, secretary for Cabinet for Health and
Family Services Secretary, which oversees Oakwood, called the June
incident "clearly unacceptable."
However, "we remain encouraged by the progress Bluegrass has
made at Oakwood, including the ability to swiftly address staff
discipline issues in instances such as this," Birdwhistell said in
a statement Monday.
The facility came under fire last year after receiving more than
two dozen serious citations from state regulators that dealt with
patient neglect and endangerment.

Information from: The Courier-Journal,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2007 at 03:48 AM
    you can say what you want to about those poor people in that dog house at oakwood marie, but one thing aboutit those nuts that are mistreating those poor helpless people could find another jpb like on the chaingang picking up garbage.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2007 at 07:53 AM
    I WOULDNOT PUT A DOG IN THAT PLACE I have a handicapped brother,who my parents have been raising since he was born with Downsydrome.I made my parents a promise and that promise was never to put him into oakwood.How could someone hit a handicapped person who cant even take care of theirself. My parents getting up in age and iI AM NO SPRING CHICKEN MYSELF, BUT hes never going to a place like oakwood.
  • by maria Location: somerset on Jul 24, 2007 at 07:12 AM
    I understand the outrage people feel at what they think they see. The truth is that most of these clients living in oakwood are rapists, murder's and they are very violent. Most of the time the staff are trying to protect the client from injuring self and others. Just yesterday one of these helpless clients may have broken a staff's neck. Report on that!!!
  • by anonymous Location: whitley county on Jul 24, 2007 at 05:11 AM
    I agree with Jack about the names being made public, they should be announced. From all the citations this place gets, if I had family that needed to be placed in a place like this, I would look elsewhere for sure. What is wrong with these workers.
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Jul 24, 2007 at 04:19 AM
    If the names of these "employees" were made public, then, at least the next employers would have a warning about who they could possibly be hiring. Plus public knowledge about a crimminal act at times prevents that act again. It's a good deterant.


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