Monday, October 3, 2016

--“This is a another symptom of ongoing chaos in the system,” said Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann, who is also a doctor. “[The Progressive Conservative government] blew up the system three years ago, including the Mental Health Board. They have not adequately funded either staffing for psychiatric in-patients or community out-patients,” he added. Guy Smith, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, said the review should not just be about security officers at one psychiatric facility, but the “entire support system we provide for patients with mental illness province-wide.”----------all fatality reports on patient deaths at Alberta Hospital To: health.minister@gov.ab.ca, Health.Deputy-Minister@gov.ab.ca Cc: ahs.corp@albertahealthservices.ca, ahs.board@ahs.ca, verna.yiu@albertahealthservices.ca, Mark.Snaterse@albertahealthservices.ca Hi, I am asking for information on the deaths of mentally ill patients at Alberta Hospital. I am writing about this topic along with the deaths of citizens in police custody. I have got some information but I don't have other information. I can't do a report until I have all the information. I don't want to spend years extracting information like teeth from the jaws of government. Can you assist me since AHS won't? In fact, I don't have any information on the coroners reports or on government work on this problematic area of repeated deaths at this facility. I believe that there was at least one review to determine why patients without insight were wandering away from Alberta Hospital and no one bothered to do anything about this problem leaving it up to the rather incompetent decision making abilities of these poor souls. Can you find the study and any other reviews by AHS and Alberta Health please? Also please let me know how I can access the coroner's reports on any deaths? Since this topic is in the public interest, I request all information be released without charging me for this work that I am doing free of charge for the public. Sincerely, Julie Ali http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/disappearing-patients-at-alberta-hospital-prompts-review/article588658/ SAFETY Disappearing patients at Alberta Hospital prompts review DAWN WALTON


From: Julie Ali <i
Date: Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 8:25 PM
Subject: Fwd: all fatality reports on patient deaths at Alberta Hospital
To: health.minister@gov.ab.ca, Health.Deputy-Minister@gov.ab.ca
Cc: ahs.corp@albertahealthservices.ca, ahs.board@ahs.ca, verna.yiu@albertahealthservices.ca, Mark.Snaterse@albertahealthservices.ca


Hi,

I am asking for information on the deaths of mentally ill patients at Alberta Hospital.
I am writing about this topic along with the deaths of citizens in police custody.

I have got some information but I don't have other information. I can't do a report until I have all the information.
I don't want to spend years extracting information like teeth from the jaws of government.
Can you assist me since AHS won't?

In fact, I don't have any information on the coroners reports or on government work on this problematic area of repeated deaths at this facility. 

I believe that there was at least one review to determine why patients without insight were wandering away from Alberta Hospital and no one bothered to do anything about this problem leaving it up to the rather incompetent decision making abilities of these poor souls.
Can you find the study and any other reviews by AHS and Alberta Health please?
Also please let me know how I can access the coroner's reports on any deaths?  Since this topic is in the public interest, I request all information be released without charging me for this work that I am doing free of charge for the public.

Sincerely,

Julie Ali

SAFETY

Disappearing patients at Alberta Hospital prompts review

CALGARY — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jul. 28, 2011 9:46PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Jul. 29, 2011 12:44AM EDT
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  • About once every 10 days over the past nine months, a psychiatric patient has wandered away from Alberta Hospital, the main mental health facility in Edmonton.
    Health-care officials call it “elopement against medical advice” and a common occurrence at psychiatric facilities around the world. But after a flurry of recent cases in Alberta, including a 44-year-old woman who vanished without a trace from Alberta Hospital three weeks ago, the provincial government has ordered an inquiry into the problem.
    “We take these cases extremely seriously, and if there are any improvements to be made, we will make them,” said Chris Mazurkewich, chief operating officer of Alberta Health Services, which oversees health care in the province.
    The review, which will cover incidents that have occurred provincewide over the past three years, was announced Thursday. Health-care workers, external experts as well as patients and family members will be canvassed starting in August to examine policies, practices, staffing, education and training as well as the physical facilities. Recommendations are expected this fall.
    Changes such as increased staffing and renovations to a fence are already being implemented at Alberta Hospital where two patients walked away this month.
    Douglas Campbell, 32, escaped custody at the facility last week while he was playing basketball in an outdoor area that officials said was secure. He climbed a three-metre wall and ran. Mr. Campbell was located in the city’s downtown nearly two days later.
    Meanwhile, the family of Melissa Ekkelenkamp, who walked away from the hospital on July 6 and hasn’t been seen since, continues to worry for the woman’s safety. The 44-year-old had called police during a period of extreme paranoia before she was admitted to the facility.
    “This is a another symptom of ongoing chaos in the system,” said Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann, who is also a doctor.
    “[The Progressive Conservative government] blew up the system three years ago, including the Mental Health Board. They have not adequately funded either staffing for psychiatric in-patients or community out-patients,” he added.
    Guy Smith, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, said the review should not just be about security officers at one psychiatric facility, but the “entire support system we provide for patients with mental illness province-wide.”
    This isn’t the first time officials have looked into problems in psychiatric care.
    In 2006, Diana Yano, who had a history of homicidal and suicidal behaviour, was an in-patient at the psychiatric unit of Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary when she leapt to her death from the third floor of the hospital’s parkade. Also that year, Carol Strate, who was a patient at Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre with a longstanding history of mental-health issues, died after jumping from the fifth floor of the hospital parkade.
    The deaths were among cluster of suicides in 2006 that prompted a review and a new risk-management program.
    More recently, concerns were raised when a man hanged himself on a wall hook at Villa Caritas, a private facility originally envisioned to house long-term care patients, but instead was used by the province to house geriatric patients from Alberta Hospital.
    The patient died despite a warning from the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees that coat hooks and closet rods posed safety concerns for psychiatric patients.
    That incident could be examined during this review if Villa Caritas agrees to participate, officials said, but the province is already looking at ways to prevent patients from harming themselves.
    “We are confident in our facilities, in our care, in our staff and in our physicians,” said Cathy Pryce, vice-president of addiction and mental health with AHS.


    From: Julie Ali
    Date: Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 10:37 PM
    Subject: Re: all fatality reports on patient deaths at Alberta Hospital
    To: verna.yiu@albertahealthservices.cahealth.minister@gov.ab.caHealth.Deputy-Minister@gov.ab.ca


    Dear Dr. Yiu,

    Thanks to Ms. Fuchinsky I have some information about the deaths of mentally ill patients at  Alberta Hospital.
    She was not able to provide me with information on folks who have no fatality inquiry associated with them. 

    How can I access the information on the number of patients who have died at Alberta Hospital on a yearly basis?
    How can I access the information on the investigations done by the health authorities which may or may not have been done with reference to these deaths?
    How can I access the information on the autopsies of these patients who died in the care of the health authorities?
    It is (in my opinion) important for AHS and Covenant Health to be transparent about these deaths of vulnerable citizens in care. 

    As you know this information is in the public interest to access. I would like the costs of such information provision to be waived.

    Hoping to hear from you regarding this issue. 

    Sincerely, 
    Julie Ali

    On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 10:38 AM, Jennifer Fuchinsky <Jennifer.Fuchinsky@gov.ab.ca> wrote:
    Hello Ms. Ali,

    I am only able to respond to matters where a public fatality inquiry is in progress, or has already been held and a report issued. I do not have access to any of the other data you have requested. I have responded to your list of names below:

    Lorraine Adolph,  Report attached (01252)
    Melissa Ekkelenkamp, I have no record of a fatality inquiry. 
    Nels Karsten Norregaard, Report attached (01005)
    Bob Earle, Report attached (00979)
    Tim Dawson, Report attached (01058)
    AG, Without a name or date of death I cannot search this
    Kevin Goodhope, Report attached (01204)
    Nicole Laramee, Report attached (01287)
    Shayne Hay, This inquiry is concluded but the report has not yet been released.
    Shayne Anonson, Report attached (01302)
    Dwayne Rogers, I have no record of a fatality inquiry.
    Donald Edwin Clark, Report attached (01208)
    Diana Yano, Report attached (01190)
    Carol Ann Strate, Report attached (01179)
    Mary Leet, Report attached (01180)
    James Rolheiser, Report attached (01188)

    From your original email:

    1) Dwayne Roger Roy – Report attached (01243)
    2) Shayne Hay – See above
    3) Shaunnie Rebecca Payne – This report was recently released and is on the Alberta Justice website.
    4) Janette Peterson - I have no record of a fatality inquiry.
    5) Lorraine Adolph – Report attached (01252)
    6) Lisa Rachel Goltman – This inquiry is currently ongoing.
    7) Nathaniel Simpson – Report attached (01372)


    Jennifer Fuchinsky
    Fatality Inquiry Coordinator
    Justice and Solicitor General
    Legal Services Division
    Phone:  780-422-4077

    AB-JSG 2Color CMYK 



    From: Julie Ali [mailto:
    Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:37 PM
    To: Jennifer Fuchinsky
    Cc: verna.yiu@albertahealthservices.caDeborah.Rhodes@ahs.caIsaac.VanDyne@ahs.calorinda.prociuk@ahs.caMark.Snaterse@albertahealthservices.ca; Sarah Hoffman; Health Minister; Health Deputy-Minister
    Subject: Re: all fatality reports on patient deaths at Alberta Hospital

    Hi,
    Thank you for your response.
    I am adding to the list of names of citizens who have died at Alberta Hospital:

    Lorraine Adolph,  
    Melissa Ekkelenkamp, 
    Nels Karsten Norregaard, 
    Bob Earle, 
    Tim Dawson, 
    AG,
    Kevin Goodhope, 
    Nicole Laramee, 
    Shayne Hay, 
    Shayne Anonson, 
    Dwayne Rogers, 
    Donald Edwin Clark, 
    Diana Yano,
    Carol Ann Strate,
    Mary Leet
    James Rolheiser

    I hope to get a response also from AHS and Alberta Health about the number of fatalities per year at Alberta Hospital.
    Sincerely,
    Julie

    On Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 1:31 PM, Jennifer Fuchinsky <Jennifer.Fuchinsky@gov.ab.ca> wrote:
    Hello Ms. Ali. I am currently out of the office. I will respond to your request on Tuesday, September 6th. 


    From: Julie Ali
    Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2016 12:37 AM
    To: Jennifer Fuchinsky
    Cc: verna.yiu@albertahealthservices.caDeborah.Rhodes@ahs.caIsaac.VanDyne@ahs.calorinda.prociuk@ahs.caMark.Snaterse@albertahealthservices.ca;ahs.corp@albertahealthservices.caahs.board@ahs.ca; Sarah Hoffman; Health Minister; Health Deputy-Minister
    Subject: all fatality reports on patient deaths at Alberta Hospital
    Hi, 

    Can you provide me with a list of and all fatality reports on patient deaths at Alberta Hospital please from the very beginning of these fatality reports? 

    If they aren't ready as yet --please provide them as they come up. 

    So far I have these names:

    1) Dwayne Roger Roy 



    2) Shayne Hay 



    3) Shaunnie Rebecca Payne 












    Lorraine Adolph

















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