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Offline Whooter

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Re: 103.8F temperature + taking a lot of psyche meds
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2010, 02:43:03 PM »
Quote from: "Ursus"

Let me refresh your memory:

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    It seems to me, when you're dealing with a kid who may or may not have unpredictable reactions to certain medications, who appears to have been involved in some activities that may or may not involve levels of physical stress that her body may be unfamiliar with, and with whom staff members themselves are less than fully familiar with (she had only been at Boys and Girls Town for 35 days), that a fever of 103.8 would prompt a prudently immediate visit to the ER.
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    I should also say that all of the above could easily mask something more serious as well. It is best to be prudent.

    I agree, Ursus, a high fever could mask something more serious.  But we are missing information.  If a childs temperature spikes to 103.8 I dont think it necessitates a trip to the ER.  I dont believe a doctor would tell you to go to the ER either based on 103.8 fever.   I believe there are time frames involved like how long the fever lasts before you take action.  What medications were being administered , how much and when.  Did Tylenol reduce the fever at all?  Motrin?  Was it given?

    In hindsight, sure, the girl should have gone to the ER.  But they didnt have that visibility nor can we go back.


    The question is did the school follow best practices when dealing with this girls illness.  I dont think we have enough information to determine if they did or not.



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    Re: Death at Boys and Girls Town of Missouri
    « Reply #16 on: September 25, 2010, 10:15:06 PM »
    An interesting event that may help to shed some light on the death at Boys and Girls Town of Missouri

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    A 12-year-old boy has died from complications of the flu, becoming the first child in Massachusetts to fall victim to the virus this year.

    Four children died from the flu last year in Massachusetts.  DPH officials said there has been a spike of flu cases in the state within the past week, particularly among teens and pre-teens.  The flu season's peak typically hits sometime in February or March.

    When asked at what point should parents take their children to see a doctor, Dr. Anita Barry with the Boston Public Health Commission said, "If that person has a fever that can't be controlled, problems breathing, someone whose temperature goes down, and a few days later the fever comes back, can't keep fluids down."




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    Meningitis may have killed girl at BGTM
    « Reply #17 on: September 27, 2010, 05:25:11 PM »
    Three Rivers Publishing
    Meningitis may have killed girl at BGTM
    Written by Chris Daniels  
    Thursday, 13 May 2010 15:14



    Eighteen-year-old Heather Hopkins died April 2 at Boys and Girls Town of Missouri.

    More than a month after their daughter's death, a Missouri couple is still waiting to find exactly what killed her the night she died at the Boys and Girls Town of Missouri campus near St. James.

    The investigation into the death of Heather Marie Hopkins, age 18, has still not concluded, despite the fact that she died more than 40 days ago on April 2. The girl was found unresponsive in a commons area at 4:40 a.m. that morning.

    After emergency medical procedures were administered at the scene, the teenager was taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, where she was pronounced dead. The Phelps County Sheriff's Department and St. James fire and ambulance departments all responded to the scene after the girl was found. An autopsy was conducted in St. Louis at the request of Phelps County Coroner Larry Swinfard, but that report has not been made public.

    "When I talked to the coroner two weeks ago, he was writing the report," Debbie Hopkins, mother of the deceased, said this week. "I don't know what the hold up is. I don't know why this is taking so long."

    Mrs. Hopkins was contacted at the end of April with an unofficial cause of death, and according to her the official report was being drawn up at that time. She said then she was told her daughter died from some form of meningitis, but no specifics on the exact disease were given to her.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both bacterial and viral meningitis can cause serious illness, although bacterial meningitis is the most serious and can lead to death. Bacterial meningitis is contagious, but can be treated with antibiotics if it is diagnosed correctly.

    According to the CDC website, high fever, headache, and stiff neck are common symptoms of meningitis in anyone over the age of two. These symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take one to two days. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness. Early diagnosis and treatment are very important. If symptoms occur, the patient should see a doctor immediately.

    Mrs. Hopkins reported earlier that her daughter had told her the day before she died that she had a fever of 103.8 degrees. Boys and Girls Town of Missouri has licensed nursing staff on all of its campuses, or on call, 24 hours a day.

    "If there is any indication that a potential illness may be contagious, nursing staff is notified and appropriate clinical procedures are followed," said Marie McGeehan, senior director of communications for Boys and Girls Town of Missouri. "Procedures were followed in this situation and a nurse examined the child."

    The Hopkins family is eagerly waiting to find out why their child is no longer with them. The family has been in contact with the Missouri Department of Health, but is still waiting for an official cause of death. Family members are extremely frustrated with the lack of information that is being released on their daughter's death and want the investigation to move forward.

    Swinfard was contacted this week in an effort to get a copy of the autopsy report, but he was not available for comment.

    Funeral services for Heather Hopkins were held April 9 at the West County Assembly of God in Chesterfield, Mo, and she was buried at the St. Charles Memorial Gardens. Her family lives in the O'Fallon, Mo. area.


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    Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, employee reviews
    « Reply #18 on: October 09, 2010, 12:34:57 PM »
    Here are a couple of employee reviews for BGTM from Glassdoor.com (top possible score is 5.0):

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    Boys and Girls Town of Missouri Reviews

      Company Rating     Based on 2 ratings
        2.5
        Employees say it's "OK"
        [/list]Reviews are posted anonymously by employees (updated Jun 10, 2010)[/list]

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        • Boys and Girls Town of Missouri   Lead Youth Care Specialist - Columbia, MO Campus  in Columbia, MO:    (Current Employee)
          "Dissatisfied Employee with Boys & Girls Town of MO, Inc. - Columbia, MO Location"
          0 of 0 people found this helpful

          Jun 10, 2010
          2010-06-10 11:08 PDT
          3.0


          Details
            Communication 2.0
            Recognition & Feedback 2.0
            Senior Leadership 3.5
            Compensation & Benefits 2.5
            Fairness & Respect 1.5
            Employee Morale 3.5
            Career Opportunities 3.5
            Work/Life Balance 3.0
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          Pros
            Good trainings and career growth opportunities, Friendly co-workers and occasionally, Friendly and competent Cottage Life Supervisors, Some employee praise events, truly meet their mission and attempt to provide the best for their kids.
          Cons
            Severe communication problems, severe lack of consistency with programs, therapeutic activities, containment techniques, negative modeling behaviors by supervisors, poor communication with direct care staff and administrative officials and vice-versa, lack of activities to engage the youth, lack of quality programming and consistency with scheduling, no incentives to remain with the organization - poor pay, ridiculously poor raises and praise, the employee appreciation events are a joke, each cottage runs differently - thus extreme lack of consistency with the therapeutic environment of the organization. Simply put, very poor organization, problem-solving, communication, among many other skills. Additionally, a ton of internal, friend-based reasons and encouragements for advancement, rather than skills and qualifications. MUST LOVE KIDS TO WORK HERE!!!
          Advice to Senior Management
            1st and foremost, communication must be significantly improved, consistency is key for everything in the residential field and must be applied, the structure of the organization must be more succinct and in stone. Better care for the children and in my opinion the main people who help these kids are the direct care staff, as they spend the most time with them and build the true family-like and friendly yet professional relationships. Thus, to retain staff and increase the effectiveness and competence of direct care staff, higher pay is needed, more employee appreciation, trainings, and raises must be based on performance, not that each person gets the same raise after a year. I wish the best for BGTM and hope the Columbia Campus improves, especially for the kids.
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          • Boys and Girls Town of Missouri   Social Services Administrative Assistant  in Springfield, MO:    (Past Employee - 2010)
            "Review of BGTM"
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            Apr 23, 2010
            2010-04-23 17:10 PDT
            2.0


            Details
              Communication 1.5
              Recognition & Feedback 2.0
              Senior Leadership 2.0
              Compensation & Benefits 2.0
              Fairness & Respect 1.5
              Employee Morale 1.5
              Career Opportunities 2.0
              Work/Life Balance 4.5
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            Pros
              Helping the children is very rewarding. The people are very nice that you work with and many of them reall care about the children.
            Cons
              Pay not equal with performance. It is also a job where more and more responsibility is placed on you with out thanks and with out increase in pay.
            Advice to Senior Management
              I would say that offering more feedback would be helpful. Many of the employees only get reviewed once a year.
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            Offline Ursus

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            Woman faces charges after police find daughter hidden...
            « Reply #19 on: October 12, 2010, 11:21:39 PM »
            Speaking of employees, here's an oldish article about an alleged former employee of Boys and Girls Town of Missouri. I presume the "boarding school for troubled teens" in Burlington, Vermont, that she had been planning to work for might have been Rock Point School; however, I honestly don't know enough about that area to even be remotely sure...

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            Missourian
            Woman faces charges after police find daughter hidden in hole
            Thursday, August 21, 2008 | 10:25 p.m. CDT
            BY ALAN SCHER ZAGIER/The Associated Press


            JEFFERSON CITY A 37-year-old mother embroiled in a bitter custody dispute with an ex-husband faces felony kidnapping charges after police discovered her 11-year-old daughter living in a hole cut into the woman's living room floor.

            Rebecca Albrecht of New Bloomfield, who also uses the last name Vieth-Albrecht, was charged Thursday with felony counts of child abduction and perjury. She is accused of lying to a Cole County grand jury called to investigate the abduction of Bailey Vieth from her father's Jefferson City home.

            Bailey was first reported missing on July 29 and initially considered a runaway. Investigators visited her mother's home in Callaway County several times in the ensuing weeks without discovering the child, Cole County Sheriff Greg White told reporters Thursday afternoon.

            She was discovered Wednesday in a crawl space covered with plywood and carpeting, with a sofa over that material, after Albrecht's live-in boyfriend confessed that Albrecht "planned and arranged for her daughter to be removed from her father's custody," according to a probable cause statement filed in Cole County Circuit Court.

            "Her health was as good as when she was taken to that residence," White said, adding that the girl did not appear to have been physically abused or deprived of food. "We're thankful that Bailey's alive, she's safe and she's healthy."

            White added that two "very young" children other than Bailey were living with Albrecht and her boyfriend, Chris West. Court records show that West had a son whom Albrecht named in a financial statement.

            Court records show that Albrecht and James Christopher Vieth divorced in January 2002, with custody awarded to each parent on alternating weeks. In July 2007, Albrecht sought court permission to move with her daughter to Burlington, Vt. Albrecht said in court documents she planned to work at a boarding school for troubled teens.

            The court file had no record of a ruling in that case. On June 9, Vieth sought an emergency court order asking for Bailey's return and alleging that she had been "illegally restrained" in New Bloomfield by Albrecht since June 2. A June 19 court ruling ordered Albrecht to return the child to her father.

            Lawyers for Albrecht and Vieth did not immediately return telephone calls from The Associated Press.

            Additional arrests are possible, White said. He declined to indicate whether West, who is listed in court records as Albrecht's fiance, was among those still under investigation. No charges had been filed against West.

            A second marriage to Matthew Albrecht ended in divorce in July 2004 after just six months, according to court records. Albrecht listed her job at the time with Boys and Girls Town of Missouri.


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            Re: Woman faces charges after police find daughter hidden...
            « Reply #20 on: October 13, 2010, 09:36:16 AM »
            Quote from: "Ursus"
            Speaking of employees, here's an oldish article about an alleged former employee of Boys and Girls Town of Missouri. I presume the "boarding school for troubled teens" in Burlington, Vermont, that she had been planning to work for might have been Rock Point School; however, I honestly don't know enough about that area to even be remotely sure...

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            Missourian
            Woman faces charges after police find daughter hidden in hole
            Thursday, August 21, 2008 | 10:25 p.m. CDT
            BY ALAN SCHER ZAGIER/The Associated Press


            JEFFERSON CITY A 37-year-old mother embroiled in a bitter custody dispute with an ex-husband faces felony kidnapping charges after police discovered her 11-year-old daughter living in a hole cut into the woman's living room floor.

            Rebecca Albrecht of New Bloomfield, who also uses the last name Vieth-Albrecht, was charged Thursday with felony counts of child abduction and perjury. She is accused of lying to a Cole County grand jury called to investigate the abduction of Bailey Vieth from her father's Jefferson City home.

            Bailey was first reported missing on July 29 and initially considered a runaway. Investigators visited her mother's home in Callaway County several times in the ensuing weeks without discovering the child, Cole County Sheriff Greg White told reporters Thursday afternoon.

            She was discovered Wednesday in a crawl space covered with plywood and carpeting, with a sofa over that material, after Albrecht's live-in boyfriend confessed that Albrecht "planned and arranged for her daughter to be removed from her father's custody," according to a probable cause statement filed in Cole County Circuit Court.

            "Her health was as good as when she was taken to that residence," White said, adding that the girl did not appear to have been physically abused or deprived of food. "We're thankful that Bailey's alive, she's safe and she's healthy."

            White added that two "very young" children other than Bailey were living with Albrecht and her boyfriend, Chris West. Court records show that West had a son whom Albrecht named in a financial statement.

            Court records show that Albrecht and James Christopher Vieth divorced in January 2002, with custody awarded to each parent on alternating weeks. In July 2007, Albrecht sought court permission to move with her daughter to Burlington, Vt. Albrecht said in court documents she planned to work at a boarding school for troubled teens.

            The court file had no record of a ruling in that case. On June 9, Vieth sought an emergency court order asking for Bailey's return and alleging that she had been "illegally restrained" in New Bloomfield by Albrecht since June 2. A June 19 court ruling ordered Albrecht to return the child to her father.

            Lawyers for Albrecht and Vieth did not immediately return telephone calls from The Associated Press.

            Additional arrests are possible, White said. He declined to indicate whether West, who is listed in court records as Albrecht's fiance, was among those still under investigation. No charges had been filed against West.

            A second marriage to Matthew Albrecht ended in divorce in July 2004 after just six months, according to court records. Albrecht listed her job at the time with Boys and Girls Town of Missouri.


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            Lovely type of person to work with kids.   ::)   God, these people really do live by the belief that the end justifies the means.   :eek:
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