When I Went to LDS Hospital’s Crisis Center, Only Five Security Guards Came Up Front. They Said I Was ‘Trespassed.’ They All Followed Me to My Car. The Guards Didn’t Respond As to Why I Was Forbidden.
On its page about its Behavioral Health Access Center at LDS Hospital, Intermountain Healthcare claims it “is committed to improving mental health access and outcomes and being a national role model.” But Intermountain Healthcare didn’t permit me into its Access Center— and only security guards, five men, forbade me to go there again, saying that I was being “trespassed.” I asked the guards why that was the case. They did not say.
The Access Center is a “walk-in center,” according to LDS Hospital’s page on the center, for folks who are in crisis.
I called LDS Hospital CEO Shawn Morrow about the problem that day in the middle of this month, leaving a message through his secretary. She seemed wanting to fix the problem, but I never heard back from Morrow, or Morrow through the secretary.
The guards included a Garrett who drove his finger into my temple on two separate occasions for 10 to 15 seconds at a time a week-and-a-half earlier. That’s when the guards were trying to force me to a location in the hospital to which I did not agree. (They also didn’t give me the option of staying where I was.) Garrett’s pushing his finger into my temple made me hardly able to breathe and I was seconds from not being able to breathe at all.
(And actually, I had asked to leave the hospital, knowing it was my right to leave the hospital at any time.)
The guards also followed me down the sidewalk of the block of the hospital, down the street, into the terraced parking lot where I thought my car was, and then split up to be on multiple levels as I went amongst them a couple of times trying to find my car. (It turns out there is a second terraced parking lot, and I was in that one while my car was in the other.)
One of the guards, an older guy, also was confrontational.
The guards said I could go to the emergency room, but it’s LDS Hospital itself that has the Access Center for a reason. Does that indicate that the hospital itself wants folks to go there rather than its ER, or at least acknowledges that as an option?
Also, the Access Center allows for saving of costs compared to its ER.
As the hospital said, it considers the Access Center to be “a new, more efficient and cost-effective model of care for everyone,” according to the hospital’s Access Center page.
“Intermountain Healthcare is committed to improving mental health access and outcomes and being a national role model,” the hospital adds on the page.
The hospital secretary asked for information from me, if not a check-out process for me to follow. Then the guards came out. I told them that I needed to give that information or follow that process. But then they said they had my information and that I was trespassed.
I was in crisis because I learned that my 3-year-old son, Luke, was having seizures putting him at-risk, after seven other life-altering developments within just the past few months.
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