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Report: Poor Supervision Led To Assaults At Psych. Hospital

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Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

A new study says poor supervision was to blame for failing to prevent sexual assaults at the Chicago Lakeshore Hospital. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A new report says inadequate staffing and lax supervision led to alleged sexual attacks at a psychiatric facility on the north lakefront.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports, the report, prepared by the University of Illinois at Chicago, alleges staff at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital made medication errors, recycled ineffective corrective action plans, and didn’t effectively prepare for the treatment and discharge of young patients.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports

The Tuesday UIC report praises the senior staff at the hospital, but contends some units housing youth continue to present unacceptable risks.

In a written statement, Lakeshore administrators called the report “undisciplined and highly objective.”

The report follows a September 2010 story by the Chicago Tribune, which said four youth had been sexually assaulted and abused by their peers since 2008. Those alleged assaults were among 18 at six local psychiatric hospitals, in which all victims were under 18 and the youngest was 7, the newspaper reported.

The hospital is located at 4840 N. Marine Dr., and specializes in psychiatric treatment and drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

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