Western State Hospital CEO Cheryl Strange won’t have to report to jail for now. A court commissioner had ordered her to jail over a dispute about admitting a patient into the psychiatric hospital.
OLYMPIA — A judge on Monday said Western State Hospital CEO Cheryl Strange won’t have to report to jail for now.
The state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) asked for the reprieve after Pierce County Court Commissioner Craig Adams ordered Strange and another mental-health executive to report to jail if a man with dementia is not admitted to the psychiatric hospital.
This past week, a temporary stay to the order was issued through June 21.
In a hearing Monday, a judge issued a stay for both the jail time and potential penalties stemming from his previous court order, according to DSHS spokeswoman Kathleen Spears.
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“Our legal team will determine next steps,” Spears wrote in an email.
In April, a court ordered the dementia patient to go to Western State, an 800-bed hospital in Lakewood, Pierce County. Because of a lack of beds, the man hasn’t been admitted and, instead, has been kept in a general hospital.
Strange had said she wouldn’t override the hospital’s waiting list, where other patients who are possibly sicker have priority over the dementia patient.
Along with Strange, Bea Dixon, executive director of Optum Pierce BHO, was ordered to jail if the patient wasn’t admitted.