Dayton: Minnesota Security Hospital needs upgrades 09 Feb 12

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton says the Minnesota Security Hospital that houses patients who are mentally ill or dangerous isin need of upgrades to keep residents and staff safe.

Dayton and Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited the St. Peter facility Wednesday. Dayton’s bonding proposal includes $40 million to remodel the hospital. He says his visit was planned before reports of resignations of several psychiatrists.

An attorney for the doctors says they left because they feel the new administrator, David Proffitt, created a hostile work environment.

Dayton says he didn’t discuss the resignations with Proffitt on Wednesday, but he says the situation makes upgrades even more urgent.

The Department of Human Services hired an attorney to investigate. Proffitt did not return a phone message seeking comment.

By AMY FORLITI
Associated Press

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