Parkland psych ER is again scene of patient abuse

Parkland Memorial Hospital said the patient-gagging incident in the psychiatric emergency room was discovered on April 8 during a routine review of security video from March 16. Parkland notified the Texas health department within a day, it said, in compliance with regulations. By MILES MOFFEIT AND BROOKS EGERTON The psychiatric patient spat at Parkland MemorialContinue reading “Parkland psych ER is again scene of patient abuse”

As Dallas hosts Washington on Columbus Day weekend for Sunday Night Football, Washington Redskins state their name is a term of honor and not a racial slur

R-word It’s one of the NFL’s bigger rivalries, the Cowboys vs. the Redskins. And intentional or not, Sunday’s game occurs during Columbus Day weekend, deepening the meaning of a fresh conflict about whether “Redskins” slurs Indians, their leaders say. More than 500 years after Christopher Columbus’ encounter with the natives of the Americas, any enduringContinue reading “As Dallas hosts Washington on Columbus Day weekend for Sunday Night Football, Washington Redskins state their name is a term of honor and not a racial slur”

Dallas Parkland Memorial Hospital built wealth as patient care conditions worsened

Cash reserves of more than $1 billion were built up, in part, by skimping on staff and building upkeep. By REESE DUNKLIN Staff Writer Dallas Morning News rdunklin@dallasnews.com Parkland Memorial Hospital quietly amassed more than $1 billion in cash reserves even as deteriorating patient-care conditions brought it to the brink of closure, an analysis ofContinue reading “Dallas Parkland Memorial Hospital built wealth as patient care conditions worsened”

Parkland Memorial Hospital blaming affiliated UT Southwestern Medical Center doctors for problems with patient care

A major factor behind Parkland Memorial’s patient care crisis is the hidden power struggle between the hospital and its medical school partner, UT Southwestern Medical Center. Publicly, Parkland Memorial Hospital and its affiliated medical school, UT Southwestern Medical Center, present a united front. “We have a great relationship,” the hospital’s longtime leader told a groupContinue reading “Parkland Memorial Hospital blaming affiliated UT Southwestern Medical Center doctors for problems with patient care”

Parkland Memorial Hospital Psychiatry Department bringing in private operator to oversee operations

Parkland police were summoned to the ninth-floor room of a woman who complained that a doctor grabbed one of her breasts and squeezed her neck “to the point that she had trouble breathing,” according to a police report. He asked “if she liked being choked.” Early yesterday afternoon, Parkland Memorial Hospital officials announced that theyContinue reading “Parkland Memorial Hospital Psychiatry Department bringing in private operator to oversee operations”

Alleged Sexual Abuse of Patients in Parkland Memorial Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Room

Caregivers in Parkland Memorial Hospital’s psychiatric emergency room suspected that their new patient had been drugged and raped. She cried, talked nonsensically and asked for a genital exam. Levie Smith Jr. saw a fellow aide — a man not qualified to do such an exam — take the patient to a bathroom and close theContinue reading “Alleged Sexual Abuse of Patients in Parkland Memorial Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Room”

Parkland Memorial Hospital nurse accused of sexually assaulting patient

Of all the sex-abuse suspects whose names Parkland Memorial Hospital has disclosed, only one is known to have lost his caregiver’s license because of the allegations. And he got it back after two months. The Texas Board of Nursing revoked Cesar Menchaca’s license in September after finding that he fondled a hospitalized jail inmate —Continue reading “Parkland Memorial Hospital nurse accused of sexually assaulting patient”

Choking allegations against doctor began at Parkland Memorial Hospital

By BROOKS EGERTON Staff Writer begerton@dallasnews.com You look like the movie star Julia Roberts, the doctor told the hospital patient. She told police that he urged her to act — to pretend she “was sedated and begging him not to leave.” Then the doctor grabbed one of her breasts and squeezed her neck “to theContinue reading “Choking allegations against doctor began at Parkland Memorial Hospital”

Dallas Parkland Memorial Hospital caregivers accused of sexually abusing patients

Parkland Memorial Hospital is the nation’s largest healthcare facility ever forced into federal oversight to remedy patient-safety dangers. How did the landmark Dallas County public hospital reach this precipice? The problems have been years in the making. By BROOKS EGERTON Staff Writer begerton@dallasnews.com The nurse aide was accused of raping a grandmother who could barelyContinue reading “Dallas Parkland Memorial Hospital caregivers accused of sexually abusing patients”