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Archive for the ‘After the Dust Settled’ Category
Tags: denton, ubh denton, Texas, university, behavioral, health, universal health services, uhs
Tags: atique, khan, kresch, lawsuits, malpractice, psychiatric care, richard, settlements, ubh, ubh denton, uhs, universal health services, us healthvest
I got a text message the other day from someone who asked me if I had given up on my blog, and why no one was posting anything on it anymore. No, I haven’t given up on my blog. Yes, I’m still here. Yes I’m still helping people who contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org But, I have been quiet. And I’ll explain the two reasons for that.
The biggest reason is to give the legal system time to handle all the lawsuits filed against this facility. Click here to see a list of those. As of this writing several of the lawsuits are still open and winding their way through the slow and arduous process of discovery, taking depositions, etc. I’m surprised I haven’t already been subpoenaed for those, but, then again I seriously doubt that the lawyers for the hospital want what I know, saw and heard in the formal record. In any case, I did not want to post anything on this blog that could have any bearing on the outcomes of those cases.
The other reason is I have slowly and steadily recovered from my ordeal and I’ve tried to put it behind me. Life has moved on in very pleasant directions, and I find that dwelling on the past isn’t helpful to me. But, I fought too long and too hard to keep this blog to abandon it. I still keep an eye on it and I read all the comments that people post.
I still care and want to see justice done, but sadly it’s just not going to be because the parent company of the hospital has more money than God. Universal Health Services is a Fortune 500 company. In 2014 they did over $8.5 billion in revenue, grossing about a half a billion in net profit. So all these legal bills, all the court costs, etc? Those are nothing but budget dust for them!
If they gave each of the victims with lawsuits pending $1 million, that would represent .8% of their 2014 profits. Now $4 million sounds like a lot until you put it in dollars that us regular folks can relate to. Suppose you made $100,000 a year and had to pay out lawsuit verdicts that represented .8% of your income. That would be a whopping $800. You really wouldn’t notice that amount after it’s all said and done.
However, the wrongful death cases probably won’t yield $1 million apiece. The plaintiffs will be lucky to get $500,000 apiece is my best guess. But, we’ll never know what these suits yield for the grieving families because they will all ultimately settle out of court, allowing all the horrid things that happened to be sealed up in a nondisclosure agreement never to be discussed again.
Where Are They Now?
The mastermind behind UBH cashed in his chips years ago and made a killing. Yes, Dr. Richard Kresch has started another mega-venture — US HealthVest and he’s opening up more hospitals around the country. Other than an unpleasant legal bill or two, it seems I didn’t really make much of a difference in his behavior. Oh well.
A cursory look on LinkedIn shows that there’s lots of new faces on the UBH leadership team. It is my sincerest wish that they can and will fix the problems that I and others encountered. Meanwhile the CEO who was running UBH has been hired by none other than US HealthVest. Go figure!
So, that’s about all the news I have for now. I’ll of course post when there is more.
Tags: behavioral health, denton, Hospital, mayhill, Mental health, ubh, uhs, universal health services
Every year WordPress sends me a report on my blogging activity for the year. I got the report today. I had only two new posts all year. I thought I had written more but I hadn’t. Yes, the hospital and its lawyers clearly succeeded in scaring the hell out of me enough that I am simply afraid to post anything new. The horror stories still come in… the frantic e-mails and phone calls still happen…I’m just too chicken shit to post them. I feel somewhat like a failure in that regard.
Then again, I look at my post stats. In 2014 this blog had over 14,000 views! That means that what I wrote in the past is still being read, and based on the e-mails and phone calls I get, it’s clearly making a difference for some people. I’m relieved that my lawsuit and the entire ordeal I went through was not in vain. I’ve helped some people, and for that I am happy and just a little bit proud. At the rate this blog is being viewed, we will surpass 100,000 views in 2015. People DO pay attention to this and DO read it.
My biggest regret, though, is that the horror stories do continue to flow in. I had hoped that under new ownership, the hospitals might get better. It doesn’t sound like much has changed. Meanwhile Dr. Kresch has gone on to start yet another money machine at US Healthvest. Yes, the same person who started UBH Denton is opening facilities in other states. Money has no conscience I suppose.
I stay in touch with so many people I met through the process of creating this blog. Some of them have become my friends. They have recovered from their experiences as best they can and moved on. Some of them have lawsuits that continue to drag through the legal system at a snail’s pace, and I wonder if there will ever be any justice for them. I can only hope.
I wish you much peace and prosperity in 2015. Keep in touch with me at email@example.com
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.
Tags: byron harris, health, Hospital, malpractice, psychiatric, ubh denton, universal health services
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.