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Manatee Palms Youth Services

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Suncoast Behavioral Health Center
Universal Health Services
LocationBradenton, Florida, United States
Care systemFor-profit
SpecialityChild and Adolescent mental health
Opened1987 (1987)
ListsHospitals in the United States

Manatee Palms Youth Services is a hospital. It has 60 patients at its location in Bradenton, Florida. Manatee Palms Youth Services has been shut down[1] by the State of Florida twice because of hurtful behavior from staff workers and nurses at its hospital.[2][1] Florida will not let Manatee Palms admit any more patients because of this hurtful behavior.[3] The State of Florida has found Manatee Palms a hospital that doesn't take care of its patients.[3][4]

1990s abuse[change | change source]

The first time abuse at Manatee Palms that is on public record happened in November 1991 when a staff worker sexually hurt a teenage patient.[5] Another situation occurred in February 1994 when Mark Duane Brewer, a hospital counselor, had sex with a 16-year-old patient in the hospital. [6] Another family filed suit against the same man in May of 1994, alleging their children were also raped.[6] Another situation happened in 1996, when a staff member attacked a patient by putting him in a choke hold and throwing him to the ground.[7] In 1997, an 18 year old man raped a patient at Manatee Palms.[8]

2000s abuse[change | change source]

In October 2004, a sexual assault happened at the facility and the staff member admitted it.[9]

In November 2004, four patients ran away from the hospital, stole a car, caused crashes, and almost hit a sheriff's deputy.[10][11] In February 2009, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of a former patient who was physically assaulted by staff on a daily basis.[12]

Manatee Palms was in the news after people found out that a sex offender was employed in 2003. The 41-year-old asked a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual acts with him and record it with a video camera.[13]

Closures[change | change source]

In April 2007, Manatee Palms was closed by the State of Florida for hiring staff members with criminal records, staff abusing patients, buildings falling apart, and threatening some people in Florida.[14][15][15] Manatee Palms was fined $12,000 by the state and was forced to make lots of renovations. They reopened in May 2007. In April 2010, Manatee Palms was closed once again[16] due to staff members hurting patients by breaking their bones.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wolfrum, Timothy R. (2010-05-06). "Bradenton Herald - May 2010 - Manatee Palms hospital Slammed". Bradenton.com. Archived from the original on 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  2. "Miami Herald - May 2007 - Youth mental hospital shuttered amid violations". Nl.newsbank.com. 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nashville Business Journal - by April Wortham. "Nashville Business Journal - 06 May 2010 Psychiatric Solutions in trouble in Florida". Nashville.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2010-11-01. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  4. Lawley, Erin (2010-05-06). "The Nashville Post - 06 May 2010 - Psych Solutions has Florida troubles". Business.nashvillepost.com. Archived from the original on 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  5. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=list&p_topdoc=41&d_sources=location
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=list&p_topdoc=61&d_sources=location
  7. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=list&p_topdoc=91&d_sources=location
  8. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=list&p_topdoc=101&d_sources=location
  9. "Bradenton Herald - October 2004 - Woman admits molesting teen at youth center". Nl.newsbank.com. 2004-10-23. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  10. "Bradenton Herald - November 2004 - Four escaped teens cause chase, crashes". Nl.newsbank.com. 2004-11-20. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  11. "Sarasota Herald-Tribune - November 2004- Teen escapees cause crashes". Nl.newsbank.com. 2004-11-21. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  12. "Bradenton Herald - February 2009 - Area Youth Service Center Being Sued". Nl.newsbank.com. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  13. "Bradenton Herald: Search Results". nl.newsbank.com.
  14. "Miami Herald: Search Results". nl.newsbank.com.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Propublica acquired document" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  16. "MANATEE PALMS YOUTH SERVICES Facility Profile". FloridaHealthFinder.gov. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-11-01.

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