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Safety is top goal of makeover at state hospital

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                New administrator Run Heidelberg said the 144-bed building rising at the Hawaii State Hospital is expected to be completed in late 2020. Only higher-risk patients will be housed in the new facility, he said.

    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    New administrator Run Heidelberg said the 144-bed building rising at the Hawaii State Hospital is expected to be completed in late 2020. Only higher-risk patients will be housed in the new facility, he said.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Nurse manager Robert Burns is partially blind in his left eye from being injured by patients, and wears dark glasses indoors because of his injuries. He has been assaulted an estimated 50 times at the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe, and said poor sight lines in the 1950s-era facilities make it hard to spot trouble coming. Above, Burns showed the Serenity Room of Unit S.

    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Nurse manager Robert Burns is partially blind in his left eye from being injured by patients, and wears dark glasses indoors because of his injuries. He has been assaulted an estimated 50 times at the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe, and said poor sight lines in the 1950s-era facilities make it hard to spot trouble coming. Above, Burns showed the Serenity Room of Unit S.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Telecommunications supervisor Leann Young on Monday referred to one of the camera views on the bank of monitors in the current security center at Hawaii State Hospital. For at least a year since August 2018, parts of the 25-year-old surveillance system in the hospital were not operational.

    BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Telecommunications supervisor Leann Young on Monday referred to one of the camera views on the bank of monitors in the current security center at Hawaii State Hospital. For at least a year since August 2018, parts of the 25-year-old surveillance system in the hospital were not operational.

  • COURTESY HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
                                A rendering shows the hospital with new facilities in place.

    COURTESY HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

    A rendering shows the hospital with new facilities in place.

Nurse manager Robert Burns navigates his way through the pale hallways of the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe with a partially blinded left eye from being injured twice in the same area during assaults while working with psychiatric patients. Read more

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