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Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital admissions on hold

A picture of the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Admissions to the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital are on hold while investigators examine allegations that patient rights were violated.

A spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Community Health tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that 17 hospital staff members have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. She says her department will continue looking into the allegations and respond with appropriate action.

She says although the hospital isn't currently admitting more patients, it will still take information for potential admissions.

James Coleman, the longtime director of the psychiatric hospital, resigned on June 30 following the death of a 68-year-old patient. The former director of nursing and a staff nurse were fired on the same day, and an associate director of nursing was disciplined.

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