Hazardous conditions, inadequate patient oversight and negligence at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health enabled the suicide of at least one patient, an inspection report found.
Carrie Steinseifer Bates won three Olympic gold medals for swimming in 1984.
But in January 2012, the Tualatin resident wanted to die.
Multnomah County suspended two managers after an internal investigation raised concerns about how it handled complaints about abuse and neglect at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Northeast Portland.
Greg Monaco worked with people experiencing psychotic episodes as a pre-commitment investigator for 30 years.
But when the Unity Center for Behavioral Health opened in Northeast Portland in February 2017, Monaco was shocked by the fear among staff and state of the patients.
Portland hospitals have stepped up to treat patients experiencing mental health crises amid the decision by the area's only psychiatric emergency hospital to turn most patients away.
Lindy Suhr has a terminal genetic disorder that causes her motor skills to deteriorate, her cognitive ability to suffer and life-threatening seizures. The 37-year-old takes seven medications, sees five specialists, and undergoes regular physical therapy. Her father has a genetic heart disease.
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Laura Grandin has health insurance, but she doesn’t have much coverage.
The 64-year-old Portland resident pays $900 a month in premiums. She’s also got a deductible of $6,500. That means that if she gets sick or injured her insurance won’t kick in until she spends that amount.