Archive for the ‘After the Dust Settled’ Category

It’s been awhile since I last wrote, but, there are reasons for that.  One is I’m not too keen on getting sued again.  Another is that life has moved on in many pleasant directions that have finally helped me to heal somewhat from my experiences with UBH.  Over six years and I finally feel like I might be “over it” (at least as much as I am ever going to be).

I saw online that the Colston case settled out of court.  I hope Mrs. Colston and her family got millions, but something tells me they didn’t.  It doesn’t matter anyway, nothing would replace the precious life that was lost.  And not that one life is ever more valuable than another, but, the life of one of our treasured and brave military is such a tragedy to lose over something so stupid as this “hospital.”

Make no mistake, though…. I am still receiving tons of e-mails from those who stumble across this blog.  It sounds like nothing has changed at UBH or Mayhill.  I am forwarding all requests to speak to the national reporter on to her/him so that your stories might be heard.  And I will not let what I and so many of you went through be in vain.  I am convinced that the real story has not yet been heard.  Sooner or later?  It will be.

UBH did not honor its end of our settlement agreement.  I’m not surprised.  I suppose I am legally not really bound by it anymore, either.  But hey, a bargain is a bargain even if they don’t think so.  At no time, however, did that agreement include me shutting up.  Until next time…..

I dedicate this blog to the proud memories of Aaron and William.  I never met either of them but I regret that my voice, and the voices of others, were not heard in time to save them.  RIP gentlemen.

I never set out for this blog to be around this long.  My hope when I started it was that UBH would simply do the right thing and fix my medical records.  Here we are, years later, with a lawsuit and a lot of other stuff in the rear-view mirror.  Thank goodness the lawsuit is over!  Thanks again to my legal team.  I really do appreciate you all!

Most notable this year was that Byron Harris of wfaa.com in Dallas was finally able to show everyone what I had been trying to share for so long.  He did it effectively and fairly.  Good job, Byron!  His reporting has brought a lot of traffic to the blog, and I have mixed feelings about the stats on the report shown below.  This year 24,000 viewers took a gander at my writing.  I guess that’s good if a blog like this has to exist.  I hoped and continue to hope that my efforts here would result in positive change at facilities that, if operated properly, would be of great benefit to the community.   Meanwhile, I’m in it this far and I’ll do my best to keep spreading the word in 2014.  Either those hospitals will get fixed or I’ll keep lobbying for them to.

Wishing peace, prosperity,and yes–sanity– to all in 2014.  –B

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

My first post on this blog was over 3 years ago, and since that time I have heard so many stories and talked to so many people that nothing–absolutely nothing–surprises me anymore.   Many of the things I have heard are not on this site, because the people who shared them either did not want to be embarrassed by having been at UBH, or, their lawyers wanted the story kept under wraps due to pending litigation.

Tonight I watched the most recent news story from Byron Harris at www.wfaa.com    It made me sad and I want to just simply extend my condolences to Ms. Kristen Colston, the widow interviewed in that story.   I am so sorry for her loss, and, for her children who now grow up without a father thanks to whatever happened inside the walls of UBH.

I am also so sorry for Mr. Jurazek, who it sounds like was seriously injured in there as well.  After hearing his story, and the story of Mr. Colston, I feel quite fortunate to be a survivor of my experience at UBH.  I am reminded how lucky I am to have come out of that experience in one piece.   I am also reminded how much stigma is still attached to being in a “psychiatric hospital” and how hard it is for so many people to share their experiences.

There is a national news reporter who wants to talk to people who have been patients there, or, who worked there.  Please e-mail me at info@ubhdentonsucks.com with your contact information so I can pass it on to this reporter.  Until we get some serious light shining on this subject, it’s probably not going to get any better.

Wouln’t it be fun if I posted your cell #, your e-mail address, and your IP address right here on my site?

Look me up online.  My lawsuit is real.  I pay for this site with my own money.  They (UBH, their past and current owners)  know exactly who I am, by name.  They know my number, they know where I live, and, they know my lawyers.  Keep harassing me and they’ll know who you are, too.  And, again, so will my lawyers.

There was an investigative report aired tonight about my favorite hospitals!  It aired on WFAA Channel 8  in Dallas and was reported by Byron Harris, an award-winning investigative journalist.     I will be sharing links on the site to the story when it is available online.  Meanwhile, those of you who have joined me in hoping for some sort of spotlight to be shined on this situation should thoroughly enjoy the broadcast.

 

UPDATE ON 3/25:   I have heard from a very reliable source that the Denton PD is already investigating the death.  I will post more updates as I receive information to share.  

Original Post from 3/24 follows:

Either someone is seriously screwing with me…or the problems at these hospitals are far worse than even I imagined.  Today someone posted a comment on my site reporting a death at Mayhill Hospital in Denton.

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I’ve included a screen shot of the actual comment, but if you want to see it in its original form, click here.  

Naturally, I’ve sent this on to my attorneys.  Other people who follow the site who have lawsuits pending tell me they have sent it to their attorneys.  But…here’s the real question…. will it make any difference?  Will anyone actually DO anything?  Will the local paper do anything?  The Denton Record Chronicle has been contacted numerous times about this situation, by me and by others I know. They’ve never done a thing.

I’ve corresponded with Byron Harris, of WFAA in Dallas….. I gave him the name of every witness and contact I have.  He said none of them would return his calls.  They said he never contacted them.
Oh, and I’ve reported them to the almighty Joint Commission .   I put absolutely zero faith in that organization, and, you can read the why of that by clicking here. 

 I don’t know what to believe, other than there is so much indifference  about this situation that it may just not matter at all what has happened, or what will happen next…. but….. I’m not giving up just yet.  I have to have faith that what has happened to me, and, what has happened to other people–including the people who are gone and can no longer speak for themselves–will not be in vain.  It just can’t be. 

http://blog.polaris.vc/2012/06/04/universal-health-services-acquisition-of-pvp-backed-ascend-affirms-new-model-for-behavioral-health/

Yes, I realize it’s all about the money, but IN MY OPINION (and yes, I can still have one, even if I am getting my pants sued off), that’s kind of how it was when I was in UBH…. all about the money.  That, IN MY OPINION, didn’t do much for the quality of care I got or the success of the treatment.  It was just about the money.  And if you’re a good business person?  That will make perfect sense to you.  Until someone you love–someone who is important to you–ends up in a hospital like this.  Just ask my son.  Or my parents.  Or my then-boyfriend.

And by the way, I posted this comment to their blog post. It is “await moderation” and I’m sure it won’t make it to publication, but, I wrote it just the same and I’m proud of it:

ubhdenton on June 17, 2012 at 11:45 am said:Your comment is awaiting moderation.

“I have debated for a week whether or not to post here.  And I figure, “What else can Richard Kresch and Ascend “Healthcare” do to me?”  You’re already suing me for $6 million.

“Mr. Chee needs to seriously look at the business practices of his boy, Richard, before bragging about how he “improves” healthcare services.  I don’t begrude you the right to make such an astronomical profit, but please do not mislead the public about how you did it.”

 

FYI…. they didn’t ever publish my comment on their blog, at least not as of this writing.