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An Open Records Act request from an area news reporter showed that numerous patients have come to Grady for medical care since January 2007 and have left wondering what happened to their valuables or money.
“It’s got to be clearly 180 degrees from what we expect in an institution of care and shelter,” said Atlanta attorney Mark Spix, who says he represented a man whose wife lost an engagement ring after being flown to Grady in October 2004 with fatal injuries. “I just think that is unacceptable.”
There were 260 thefts involving patients, employees and visitors in 2007, compared with 262 in 2006 and 279 in 2005, Grady spokeswoman Denise Simpson said.
Up the interstate and just a few miles from Atlanta at the Keystone Hospital in Marietta, an employee there has been charged with sexual battery after the orderly wheeled the woman from surgery into a private room and fondled her. Police are still searching for the employee identified as Raphael Telles.
The most serious allegation stems from a patient complaint against certified nursing assistant Nathaniel DeLa Cruz. According to a Chandler police report, a chronically ill patient says that DeLa Cruz molested her and performed sex acts in front of her during her several stays at the hospital between 2003 and 2005. She reported the incidents while staying at another Valley hospital in 2007.
A nurse’s aid walking to her car in Pineville North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte, was gunned down in the parking lot of the Carolina Medical Center by an ex-boyfriend. She was later found in her car by a hospital security officer. A visitor to a California hospital is accosted in the parking lot near her vehicle and knifed to death when she refused to hand over her purse.
While most hospitals do have some form of security including guards, security cameras, electronic key systems and checks and balances to make them a safe secure place to work, visit or be a patient at, it’s fast becoming obvious to many in the security field that hospitals need to do more.
Like a city with a rising crime rate, police officers can’t be on every block John Mason, a healthcare security director and author said. Security officers can not be outside every patient’s room or in every hallway.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Nashville TN. Oct. 30, 2007
A security guard at Vanderbilt University Medical Center was arrested today after she admitted that she stole $2,300 from a woman’s purse that she searched while on duty, police said.
The female victim was entering the emergency department through a metal detector at the time, police said in an affidavit.
The guard, Nikesia Monique Floyd, 26, worked for a private contractor at the hospital, a police affidavit states.The theft was discovered Oct. 11 when another visitor noticed $300 missing from her purse and approached Floyd about it, the police affidavit states.“Ms. Floyd initially denied taking the money, but later admitted to the theft in front of her supervisor and (Vanderbilt) officers,” the affidavit says.During a follow-up investigation by Vanderbilt detectives, Floyd admitted on Oct. 12 that she took $2,300 from the purse, the affidavit said. The money belonged to the victim and her husband, police said.Floyd was arrested and charged with theft over $1,000. Her bond was set at $10,000.
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