Questions hang over St. Peter security hospital's new leader

  • Article by: PAUL McENROE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 9, 2011 - 3:13 PM

Officials admit flaws in the interview process but stand behind state security hospital's new chief.

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dachieftanSep. 8, 11 9:36 PM

Blowing smoke...every person who thinks that by not restraining patients will make this hospital a safe place for employees is ignorant. In fact, those that advocate against the use of restraints should only be heard if they are willing to work on the front line every day with these dangerous patients.

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JeanMLSep. 8, 1110:22 PM

What? Information with held? Minnesota only background? Fire the lackeys!

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amethyst221Sep. 8, 1110:34 PM

Not too surprising that political appointees at DHS would rather risk the safety and health of patients and staff rather than admit they made a big mistake in hiring this guy, especially since there were far more competent local candidates. But, then, DHS has a history of blackballing applicants who seek to professionalize their trash heap. Too bad the Strib doesn't have the courage to report those facts.

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snodgrassSep. 8, 1111:00 PM

Adds a whole new meaning to "dysfunctional."

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alanpSep. 9, 1112:09 AM

"replacing Larry TeBrake, who was removed in April for many of the same safety issues that marred Proffitt's record in Maine." Priceless! Government efficiency at it's best.

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stryper1961Sep. 9, 11 1:14 AM

all these people should be terminated

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cynthmplsSep. 9, 11 1:34 AM

State Law limits criminal background checks outside the State of MN? What is the reasoning behind this law? Sounds more like they wanted to hire this guy and opted not to look at anything a background check would turn up.

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norton11Sep. 9, 11 5:03 AM

If you google his name there is this article http://bangordailynews.com/2011/04/01/health/proffitt-resigns-from-acadia-hospital/ that says -'Proffitt also was criticized for an autocratic leadership style that allegedly undermined employee morale as well as patient care at the hospital, which formerly had been recognized as a high-performing “magnet” hospital by a leading nursing organization.' It would be hard to have any respect for a new guy with this baggage. What a joke.

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jvmorrisSep. 9, 11 6:45 AM

why would a law limit background checks only to minnesota? what we really need is a review system that goes back to the authors of these laws and gets answers. this same process would give them the ability to delete (not add) clauses to any law that make it dysfunctional.

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jschauSep. 9, 11 7:04 AM

Hire someone who should be in the institution to run it. Good work public officials. What a class act.

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