Posted: Nov 18, 2010 9:25 AM by Greg Boyce
Updated: Nov 18, 2010 11:51 AM
After the death of a the third patient there in less than a year, and the fourth in two years, the state's Department of Human Services said the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo needed scrutiny.
The state hired three industry experts, and their report says the hospital needs a lot of changes.
That news comes as Pueblo District Attorney Bill Thiebaut said a grand jury is investigating deaths at the hospital. There have been two suicides, one patient died while being restrained and another died last year from being over medicated.
So what did the report say?
First, there are major organizational problems at the hospital:
Patient care was affected:
Staff morale is terrible, the report said. The experts also said the hospital is "critically understaffed."
Hospital executives weren't allowed to talk to us.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services, which oversees the hospital, said, "in general we do agree with the findings of the report."