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Silver Cross Sued Over New Lenox Man's Suicide

The family of Jason Frame, a New Lenox resident who hanged himself in Silver Cross Hospital's psychiatric ward last year, alleges that hospital staff failed to prevent the suicide.

A New Lenox family is suing , alleging that staff failed to prevent their son's suicide during his stay.

Jason Frame, formerly of New Lenox, admitted himself to the psychiatric ward in Silver Cross Hospital's Joliet location Nov. 29, 2011. On Dec. 1, he hanged himself in the bathroom with a hospital gown. He was 23.

Frame's parents, Orville and Maureen, filed a malpractice suit against the hospital Friday, March 23, in the Will County Circuit Court.

"Upon his admission, Jason exhibited signs of delusion, hallucination, paranoia and agitation," attorney Steve Levin said in a news release. "Because of his expressed suicidal ideations and behaviors, he should have been placed under close supervision and surveillance."

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The lawsuit alleges that the suicide could have been prevented.

"The staff should have provided one-on-one care or ensured there were no items that the patient could use to injure himself," he said.

Frame's parents said they were relieved when he was admitted to the hospital, and they trusted hosptal staff to protect him.

"We were devastated to learn that they left Jason alone with the tools needed to take his own life," his father, Orville said. "We took action against Silver Cross to protect other patients, and hope that this will never happen to another family."

The lawsuit names the hospital, Dr. Cosme Lozano of the Joliet Center for Clinical Research, two individual registered nurses and a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner in 10 counts of wrongful death and survival action allegations.

For each count, the family is seeking in excess of $50,000.

Officials from Silver Cross Hospital could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Marlo March 24, 2012 at 03:40 PM
sorry for your loss but if he hung himself in the bathroom, he is allowed some privacy while toileting. May I ask what clothing attire would you find appropriate for him to wear while hospitalized for psych issues? I understand you are hurt and feel compassion for your loss, but a lawsuit like this will not bring your son back and will be paid forward by ruining the careers of nurses, etc. Along with the emotional turmoil and physiological drain dealing with this lawsuit, I feel that maybe putting your energy towards starting a foundation, group or scholarship to help someone who is struggling with psych issues or are in a similar situation.
BRW March 24, 2012 at 04:36 PM
What a cold-blooded response. Imagine that was your child. It would be hard enough to deal with the hurting he had inside and then having to sort out why he was not properly monitored enough to prevent his suicide. Do you think his parents care if you don't want them to sue? You must work at the hospital. I hope his parents win the lawsuit and make examples of the people responsible. We're talking about a human life here. Maybe this will be a wake up call for the people in health care that just show up for a paycheck. There are actually people in health care that do have compassion and actually care about the people in their care, but they are becoming scarce.
jkb March 24, 2012 at 04:53 PM
A friend of mine did this many many years ago at St. Joe's Hospital. Bottom line, it was no ones fault for her taking her own life. She was determined to do it period. A hospital cannot keep a 24/7 watch on any one patient ever. And it is against the law now to shackle them to thier beds in order for them not to do such things. I 100% agree with Marlo here. The folks you need to sue are the insurance companies as they are the ones that have reduced staffing in all the hospitals and also the kind of care we all used to get years ago. Doctors, nurses and who ever work in hospitals are as human as you and I are. And as Marlo said, the son deserved some privacy when he used the washrooms. You cannot ever determine what goes on in another persons mind ever. If this young man was determined to kill himself, there is nothing that would stop him short of keep him knocked out or tied to his bed. And, as Marlo said.. these parents would better serve thier son's memory by becoming an advocate of parents who lost a child to suicide. I know how horribly sad this is.. I have experienced it first hand, but at no time was I able to blame anyone but the person who chose to take his own life. As the old saying goes, it is what it is, and blaming other people for anothers actions is just not gonna solve a thing, but cause these poor parents to relive and question themselfs in this horrible matter. God Bless this family and may God help you all through this.
Dan March 24, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Marlo's right. suing isn't the answer it won't change anything. sorry for your loss. maybe it's why healthcare has become unaffordable, lawsuits after lawsuit. again sorry for their loss
BJ March 24, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Who the F are you people to be judging you people are cold hearted why don't you all get a life.
judd w. bonamino March 24, 2012 at 05:17 PM
if the hospital filmed him in the bathroom or went in with him could that also be a lawsuit? just asking.
NLMom March 24, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I agree with BRW. It's unbelievable to me that people would judge this family and the actions they are taking against the hospital. The only people that are going to cause them anymore "emotional turmoil and psychological drain" are the likes of the people posting negative things on here about this family. They don't need your permission or approval for this lawsuit. I would imagine if it were anyone of your children it would be a different story. It's really too bad there are so many heartless people without compassion for others. My condolences to this family on the loss of their son and for the negative nellies who think they know it all on this comment section. Really, this family hasn't been through enough that you people feel the need to pass judgement and talk about people you don't even know?
Jane March 24, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Working in healthcare myself, I am to understand that in a psyc unit, they are to check on the patient every 15 minutes, and if he is known to be suicidal, he should have nothing but clothing he cannot use to kill himself. Seems to me it would take more than 15 minutes to create a rope out of a piece of clothing and do the act and actually die to the point of no return. So, had they checked on him in 15 minutes rather than 25, this could of totally been prevented. Also, knowing he wanted to kill himself, they should of watched him every minute and stood outside the bathroom door, afterall, what is there job, but to take care of patients?? Don't they have cameras in Intensive Care units, that are monitered constantly? Maybe this will wake up the healthcare system to devise something to watch psych patients better or do their jobs and save lives. The fact that he was able to hang himself in a psych unit, says, he might as well have been at home. His parents were probably so relieved that he was getting help to prevent this. Sucks that you can't even count on our highly paid health care system at a prestigous hospital to save your 23 year old's life, when all it would of took was doing their job that they are paid to do.. God bless the parents, I hope they sue the hell out of them and those workers lose their jobs, so they don't kill anyone else , ever !!!!
gene Frank March 24, 2012 at 07:14 PM
A message to all, he was on a drug that made him suicidal, The newspaper reported the police investigation determined he went 25 minutes without being watched, They also gave him a hospital gown that an 8 year old can roll into a rope, They knew he was suicidal. The family joined a foundation, The lawsuit might bring attention to improper care and save a life some day if the medical industry would have strict rules and make sure they are enforced. The people involved are to blame because they were negligent and did not provide care expected of them. Now ask yourself what would you do if it was your child ? Would you do nothing or try to make a difference. The lawsuit is a course of action to bring this problem to public attention and try to make a difference in the future of professional hospital care we all expect and should receive. This response is for those of you who comment without knowing all the facts. I am someone who knows the facts.
Michael M. March 24, 2012 at 09:14 PM
The problem is that you can not predict all the ways a person can take their own life. Take the gown away and they will use a sheet, take the sheet away and they will use pills, take the pills away they will jump from a window. My point is that the hospital can not foresee every possible form of suicide. But, we all do not know all the facts. If it is determined that there was gross negligence, then the suit should go on. If no negligence then it should stop. Most of the time these type of lawsuits will be based on the "standard of care" for the region. If they followed that standard then the hospital will have no liability. The best we can do is pray for the parents that their pain will be comforted, and for the soul of the young man who is deceased. May God hold them and give them comfort and love. Disclaimer- I worked in hospital cardiac cath labs and radiology for over 20 years, and 2 years at Silver Cross, but not at the time of this incident.
Anna B March 25, 2012 at 01:09 AM
If he admitted himself because he was suicidal, delusional and having hallucinations, he should have been placed on 1:1. I am a psych nurse and I work at a hospital. Per the article, he admitted being suicidal, therefore, it was the responsibility of the MD & staff to ensure his safety. If he was placed on a 1:1, he would have been put in a gown, and the staff would need to be within arms length of him...even when using the bathroom AND showering. Yes, they have rights, but when you sign into a mental health unit and need 1:1 supervision, you surrender the right to privacy, until cleared by a physician that you are not a harm to yourself. Cutting staffing is always an issue in healthcare. If SCH took a chance with this guy and felt the floor staff could just keep an eye on him, to save the cost of a 1:1 sitter...well, they should be sued. The fact that this guy signed himself in due to suicidal ideations and hallucinations two days earlier, he should have been a 1:1. No, a lawsuit wont bring their son back, BUT, it may just prevent it from happening in the future and it may open the eyes of those who believe "cutting the budget" is not always ok! I'm not sure what the situation was in which this horrible event took place, but someone dropped the ball, whether it's nursing and poor documentation, the MD, or the management...someone has to be held accountable.
Anna B March 25, 2012 at 01:16 AM
CONTINUED FROM ABOVE : We live in lawsuit happy times. Lawsuits have made healthcare horrible for many of us. Maybe if staff received more training, staff were held accountable and staff were not forced to work understaffed, maybe some of these deaths and/or accidents wouldn occur. Therefore, resulting in less lawsuits.
gene Frank March 25, 2012 at 05:08 AM
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Michael M. March 25, 2012 at 05:20 AM
The story did not say he admitted himself for suicidal thoughts. The family lawyer stated that "Upon his admission, Jason exhibited signs of delusion, hallucination, paranoia and agitation," He goes on to describe these symptoms as "suicidal ideations". That is the lawyers opinion, not a statement of fact nor is it a diagnosis. It may sound like it is splitting hairs, but treatment and surveillance are based on diagnosis and/or statements of suicide by the patient.
Michael M. March 25, 2012 at 05:22 AM
He was very good at playing the guitar.
gene Frank March 25, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Michael, you are right from the information released. however I guess the hospital report and documentation will tell the story. I guess the attorney's cannot tell all in the suit that everyone can read. I guess the truth will come out in the end. When you are playing poker you don't want to show all your cards to your opponents. They will see them when needed.
jkb March 25, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Obviously we are people who choose not to use vugarity like you do and are adult enough to voice an opion rather than use insults. No one is blaming anyone at all here. Some of us, like myself have been through this same senario.. and I DO HAVE A RIGHT TO VOICE AN OPINION WHETHER YOU BJ, OR ANYONE ELST THINKS ITS RIGHT OR WRONG.. IT IS JUST AN OPINION. And as Dan said... suing is the main reason why our healthcare costs keep rising and why the quality of the care a person recieves in a hospital continuously keeps declining. Rather than sue the staff and the hospital, go after the big guns that regulate what "sufficient so called care" should be now. The hospital is only doing what the insurance companies regulate them to do in order to be reimbursed for thier services. You can't go to a car wash with $5 and expect to recieve a beautifully detailed car. Same here.... I know its a terrible analogy, but it is just the way it is period.
Michael M. March 25, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Aren't you judging the people here by stating that they are cold hearted?
Michael M. March 25, 2012 at 05:52 PM
You are correct.
Jack K. March 25, 2012 at 08:20 PM
My sympathy to the family and for all those involved. Very sad. After reading this article, could someone clear this: Gene Frank and Family Friend both commented that "he was taking a drug that made him suicidal, and 'no one knew he was taking drugs or anything" the newspaper commented, 'he drove himself to the hospital to be admitted' Did he drive himself to the hospital under the influence of illicit drug use? And was he taking prescription or illicit? curious as to why the family isn't pressing charges against the drug dealer or pharmaceutical company.
another friend March 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I had heard he was in a cab, also I heard the drug was sold over the counter and is now illegal because of the terrible affects it has had on thousands of users, also no one knows who produced it and its chemical contents until it shows up in a patient. I also think the family had no idea where it was purchased, It is now illegal
pro streeter March 26, 2012 at 05:43 AM
I didn't see anything in the article about drugs... How can you blame the hospital employees for something he did to himself? If he intended to kill himself, why go to the hospital to do it? What good is a lawsuit going to do? I feel bad for his parents, but what did they do to prevent it? He admitted himself, why didn't they get him help? This makes no sense to me.... If you are referring to that fake marijuana crap, that stuff is evil. I know a guy who has lost his mind smoking that crap, and he's got a stash of it because it is illegal now. He is a raving lunatic but he takes it out on everyone else...
AV March 26, 2012 at 01:41 PM
While this is a very tragic end to a life, I also agree that a lawsuit seems almost frivolous. How can you follow someone 24/7? What if he had walked out on his own and did it at home? Do you blame the hospital for letting him go then too? I assume if he checked himself in, he was already in a different category than someone who was brought in with restraints & such? I feel that the system may be flawed at times but we also look to blame others when something bad happens too frequently.
agm March 26, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Call any hospital psychiatric unit. Ask them what their procedures are to protect a suicidal patient. Than post your findings of what proper care should consist of.
AMK March 30, 2012 at 05:07 AM
At least these comments are better than what is on the Hearld news site. He was ill, he went to a hospital seeking help because he was in fear for his life, and he was not given the proper treatment. I am glad he even made it to the hospital. He should have had one on one care or at least have been checked every 10-15 minutes or been sedated somewhat. You dont give a suicidal patient a clean gown and leave it laying on the bed and walk away for 25 minutes. As said, he was 23 years old, an adult, so how do we know that the parents were even aware of his mental state at the time of admission? Mental illness is a disease like anything.... cancer, diabetes, ect. I am proud of him for finding the courage to seek help and disappointed that after his efforts he did not receive the proper care he needed or was transferred elsewhere if the care he needed could not be provided there.
alski March 30, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I'm sorry but I have to agree with the very first comment here and that's about all that need be said. Because I feel that this one ( like a few others ) will go on and on ending with name calling, false accusations based on hearsay. BRW....your response is not really that much better.First of all "no amount of money will bring back this young man." and second "no amount of money will bring back this young man." Will making people lose their jobs. Raking somebody over the coals. Lawsuits. Attorneys. Driving up the cost of health care even more...yes..that will teach us all a lesson. This young man must have been dealing with some pretty serious inner demons. He had agreed to enter the hospital and for whatever the reason he chose to take his own life instead of staying. Now somebody is looking for somebody else to be held responsible. I'm sorry call me old fashioned but I never really understood the whole " money for grief " thing. God forbid I should lose a family member to a tragic incident like this because I could not put a dollar amount on anyone's life. As far as the posters who are going to think that this is "a cold blooded response '" . I don't feel it's right that whenever tragedy strikes and lives are lost. Someone has to be held accountable to the tune of some random dollar amount. I refuse to let some attorney put a dollar amount on the life belonging to any of my family........but that's just me. Sorry for your loss. Time heals all wounds
alski March 30, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Too many people believe in the saying... " Money can't buy happiness....but cryin' in a BMW sure beats cryin' in a Ford Escort "
Karen April 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM
It's none of your business, Marlo! The issue is between the family, the treatment center, and a jury. Who are you to tell the family how best to deal with their pain. They are trying to prevent this from happening to another family. That's what this is about.
Jack K. April 26, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I've been reading all these comments and Karen if it wasn't anyone's business than the story should not be published in the Herald News or New Lenox Patch. Hey, they put the story out there, so everyone is entitled to comment their thoughts and opinion. I agree w/ Marlo. This is about $ and the blame game. I haven't read one single thing that would help prevent this from happening again, just a whole lotta 'it's someone else's fault'
Secret Agent December 02, 2012 at 06:05 AM
My prayers are with the family of Jason. I'm sure today was a tough day for them.

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