In this brief clip from the Salem Statesman-Journal, Oregon State Hospital’s superintendent Roy Orr says why his staff and policies are not responsible for the death of patient Moises Perez.
Orr implies blame for the mental health system outside of the hospital for failing to serve prospective patients, and attempts to reframe the committees concern by explaining the additional patient observation to be started by April 1.
Roy Orr: “I want this organization to be known for having a balanced concern for physical health as well as mental health.”
Roy Orr: “The reason he died is … system failed him. He had severely occluded coronary arteries and a number of [other] medical issues. While there were treatments available to him…he frequently failed to take the medications and to respond to treatment.”