Universal Health Services
"I cried myself to sleep every single night, praying I would wake up from this nightmare."
A $100,000 crisis PR plan. An employee fired for supposedly speaking to a reporter. Another employee sued for allegedly leaking internal surveillance videos. Inside the war room of America’s largest psychiatric hospital chain as it responded to our two-year investigation.
At least three federal agencies are investigating whether the psychiatric hospital giant UHS held patients longer than medically necessary to maximize profits, a claim UHS denies.
A psychiatric hospital and its director that are under state investigation. Riots that end with pepper spray. Staff who can’t begin to contain the violence. And patients as young as 5. Secret videos show the dark side of Shadow Mountain.
His mother said the boy had merely thrown a tantrum. But a hospital owned by America’s largest psychiatric chain, UHS, held him for three days — and filed a court petition to keep him even longer. While in the hospital, the child suffered a bloody nose and was locked in a seclusion room in the middle of the night.
A BuzzFeed News story prompted a senator to demand answers, but the Department of Health and Human Services says it can’t discuss ongoing matters.
20% of market cap has evaporated since a BuzzFeed News investigation was published on Dec. 8. "We think the risk-reward is no longer compelling," Wall Street analysts wrote Wednesday.
In response to a BuzzFeed News Investigation, Elizabeth Warren, Charles Grassley, and Joe Kennedy demand answers.
Lock them in. Bill their insurer. Kick them out. How scores of employees and patients say America’s largest psychiatric chain turns patients into profits.