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Man accused of murder at Napa State Hospital will go to trial

In the ongoing saga at Napa State Hospital in Napa, CA, following a nurse’s murder by a patient, a judge has ruled that Jess Willard Massey will stand trial for murder.

Massey will be on trial for the murder of nurse Donna Gross on October 23. After speaking with Napa County Sheriff’s Detective Todd Hancock, Massey admitted to the killing, saying he heard voices telling him Gross was the devil, reports the Napa Valley Register.

A hearing will take place June 14. If convicted, Massey faces life in prison without possibility of parole.

Patient dies at Napa State Hospital from alleged attack

A patient died April 11 at Napa (CA) State Hospital, Napa while being subdued after attacking a fellow patient.

This event comes after a string of security issues at Napa State Hospital.

The incident, which occurred in a high security area of the hospital, has staff worried about how patients will respond, according to KGO-TV of San Francisco.

Kathleen Thomas-Morris, a Service Employees International Union steward, told KGO that patients and staff are scared of what might happen because of the death of a patient.

An autopsy was scheduled for April 13 because it was unclear how the patient died.

How do you think Napa State Hospital should be handling these ongoing situations? Let us know in our comment section.

Napa State Hospital security under scrutiny again

A new question regarding security is arising in the October 23 murder of a Napa State Hospital nurse.

Donna Gross was checking into the guard station after taking her break when she was murdered by Jess Massey, an inmate patient. Hospital security was questioned after it was found to let patients walk around at their own leisure.

But now a new issue surrounding security had been brought up, which may have prevented the situation, said KGO-TV.

Anna Bock, daughter of Donna Gross, is questioning the security of the hospital. A police source told KGO that he saw Gross press an alarm button she was wearing on her belt, which didn’t work because the alarm does not reach outside of the building.

Bock was told by investigators that after Massey ran back into the building with a torn shirt and flustered demeanor, no one wrote him up, reported KGO.

“I just feel something could have been done and that if there’s anyone out there that can help, so that it doesn’t happen again,” Bock said.

Massey is still awaiting his trial.

Was this an issue with the hospital’s security system or do you think it was just a case of Gross being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Efforts underway to improve security in California hospitals

The death of two healthcare workers has prompted hospitals to increase safety and security in California hospitals.

An East Bay, CA, assembly-woman, Mary Hayashi, D-Hayward introduced a bill last week, saying it would improve the safety in hospitals, mental health institutions, and correctional medical facilities, reported The Napa Valley Register.

In addition, Napa State Hospital unions have requested safety improvements such as increased police officers and staff having just their first names on ID badges.

The bill, titled Assembly Bill 30, would require hospitals to do the following:

  • adopt a violence prevention plan
  • report attacks on personnel to law enforcement within 24 hours instead of the current 72 hours
  • detail to the state legislature information on acts of violence at the facilities
  • require annual safety training sessions for all hospital employees assigned to a psychiatric unit

The bill is expected to come in front of a committee early next year.

On October 23, a psychiatric technician at Napa State Hospital was found dead by a patient. A nurse was attacked on October 25at The Martinez Facility in Contra Costa County, CA, by an inmate who hit her with a lamp. She died three days later Both incidents led to staff and unions coming forward to improve security.

How do you think the proposed security procedures would improve the safety of the staff? Let us know in our comment section.

Security concerns raised at California mental hospital after a nurse was murdered

Napa (CA) State Hospital workers are worried about the hospital’s security policies after a nurse was murdered by a patient on October 23.

According to KGO-TV in San Francisco, Napa State is a prison hospital for the mentally ill. Nurse Donna Gross was killed in the forensics unit of the hospital, which holds the most violent and criminally insane patients. She was murdered by patient Jess Massey.

Since her death, other workers have questioned the safety of the hospital. KGO-TV reported that the hospital allows some of the patients to walk around at their own leisure. One worker even said that something like this was bound to happen soon.

Complaints had been filed frequently by workers who admitted to being afraid to care for some of the patients. One staff member told KGO-TV that workers have been strangled, randomly assaulted, and cornered into rooms. Police and hospital management were aware of patients threatening staff, but were not warned about it.

ABClocal reported in a different article that Napa State Hospital had been investigated four years ago after security concerns rose from hospital staff. The same security concerns were brought up; no officers stationed at certain points of the building, lack of hospital police officers, and the wards were not patrolled well enough.

At this time, the hospital is in the process of trying to be reviewed periodically to avoid safety concerns in the future.

How do you think the hospital should handle a situation like this? What types of security procedures does your healthcare facility have if a situation like this happened? Let us know in our comment section.