Six psychiatrists leave St. Peter hospital in protest of new administrator 30 Jan 12

The Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter is reeling after losing six psychiatrists responsible for treating more than 375 patients, and now the state’s only hospital for mentally ill and dangerous patients has almost no experienced psychiatric staff.

The psychiatrists say their resignations are in response to what they consider the combative style of the facility’s new administrator. David Proffitt took over four months ago but argues the majority of his staff is enthusiastic about making necessary changes.

Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services executives are hesitant to fire Proffitt, because they’d like to give him a full chance to prove himself. Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has ordered an investigation into whether Proffitt has created a hostile workplace, while she and her top executives quickly recruit and train a new psychiatric staff.