St. Peter hospital fined for violating rules 30 Dec 11

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A state investigation has resulted in fines against a St. Peter hospital for violating rules in caring for mentally ill patients.

Last week, a yearlong investigation by the Human Services Department concluded that staff repeatedly violated rules about patient care and in one case forced a patient to sleep on a concrete slab for 25 nights. Human Services Commission Lucinda Jesson tells the Star Tribune none of the employees at the Minnesota Security Hospital have been fired.

The hospital houses 220 of the state’s most dangerous mentally ill patients who have been civilly committed by a judge. Its license has been placed on a conditional status for two years and a $2,200 fine was levied, the most allowed by law.