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By Lou Marzeles

Incident throws light on how to work with patients with severe depression


The former scourge of Klickitat Valley Health (KVH) has long renounced his one-man guerilla war against the hospital—but his ire returned after a recent visit there. In its wake came an attempted suicide and a court-ordered placement in a mental health facility.

Goldendale resident Delbert Brown for years was a name that struck unease in the inner sanctums of KVH, over four different CEO administrations. Brown railed against what he saw as unacceptable failings and flaws of the hospital. Then, suddenly, about two years ago, Brown called it quits. He saw significant improvements in the hospital’s functioning with CEO John White and then with his successor, current CEO Leslie Hiebert. T...

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