Midwest City hospital under investigation after pictures surface showing filthy conditions
MIDWEST CITY, OK (KOKH) —
It's been two days since pictures emerged on Facebook showing dirty toilets, old, moldy hospital rooms and a filthy kitchen at AllianceHealth Midwest Hospital.
Jonathan Hazer, a former security guard at the hospital, is the man behind the pictures and the post.
"The pictures I took; it was throughout a two-week span while I was working there,” Hazer said.
Hazer worked at the hospital up until last week, when he says his tenure there ended due to an unrelated issue with the hospital. The pictures, though, still tell a concerning story. And it didn't take long for them to catch the attention of City Manager Guy Henson.
"We want as strong of a hospital as we can possibly have and those pictures don't represent the kind of institution that we would like to have in the city,” Henson said.
Henson first made his concerns known on Facebook, ensuring citizens that officials would immediately begin examining the city's lease with Community Health Systems (CHS). On Friday, that examination began with a meeting and tour of the facility.
"I think we have a responsibility to the citizens to make sure that the hospital takes the appropriate corrective actions that it needs to take,” Henson said.
In the hospital's defense, Henson says the photos portraying dirty toilets and molded rooms are no longer licensed as active, and they haven't been for some time.
As for the kitchen, he says the mess depicted has since been cleaned up and was most likely due to the hospital's lack of a commercial dishwasher. Neither of these, Henson agrees, are valid excuses. And he ensures, the city's examination is not over and the hospital's administration will be held to its word.
"Even though we hope the best for them, we're going to identify their shortfalls and their deficiencies and encourage them to try to get those corrected,” Henson assured.
FOX 25 Tried to reach the marketing director for AllianceHealth Oklahoma several times Friday and never heard back.
However, Clay Franklin, CEO of AllianceHealth Midwest did respond to the city in a statement Thursday.
"We are disappointed in the depiction of AllianceHealth Midwest in a recent social media post by a disgruntled former employee of the hospital's security vendor." Franklin said. “AllianceHealth Midwest is committed to meeting and exceeding the expectations of regulators, patients and our community."
Here is Franklin's full statement: