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Salem museum showcases history of psychiatry

A 2,500-square-foot museum in the former entrance to the old Oregon State Hospital walks visitors through not only the state-run hospital’s checkered history, though there’s plenty of that, but also through the history of psychiatry itself.

Errors preceded fair escape

Eastern State Hospital failed to train its staff adequately, ignored staff concerns about patients going on outings in the community and didn’t anticipate the possibility of an escape, a state review found. The review was ordered after a criminally committed Eastern State Hospital patient escaped while on a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair in September.

VA doctors protest ‘crisis’

Amid a revolt by its staff psychiatrists, the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center has begun expanding a behavioral health department strained by an increasing number of veterans seeking help. In a July 24 e-mail, all four of the department’s psychiatrists and one psychiatric nurse practitioner said they would refuse to accept new patients. They said they could not add to their caseloads, which they said in some cases were more than 70 percent above the VA standard.