The most traumatizing and damaging experience of my life.
Let me start by stating that I hold a master's degree from UC Davis and that I am highly educated, intelligent, and accomplished individual. When I teared up regarding an upcoming cancer treatment at an office visit appointment with my Sutter doctor, Crystal Blankenship, she put me on a 5150 hold. (Yes, folks, it is that easy to end up in a place like Sutter Center for Psychiatry (SCP).) My ordeal from there was a highly traumatizing nightmare. I was transported to the local hospital where a SCP spokeswoman, named Chi, refused to listen to my perspective and literally walked away from me mid-conversation. I was then transported to SCP where I was sexually harassed by another patient, strip-searched, degraded, and utterly and completely humiliated. The intake nurse at SCP told me not to show any emotion as this could be used against me to extend my stay at the facility. I fought back tears to the point of nearly passing out. I feared for my life during my entire stay which was two agonizing days. I was unable to sleep or eat while I was at SCP which put my poor cancer-stricken body through unnecessary stress and trauma. Once released, I filed multiple grievances with SCP and the Sutter Health System. Sutter responded by stating that my stay was justified and that my doctor had made the right decision. Since my ordeal, I have been unable to seek medical care for cancer because I am so fearful of going through something like this again. I have regular nightmares to point where I wake up crying in a cold sweat. I have lost weight as I have difficult time now eating due to the trauma of an event synonymous with arrest and incarceration. Dr. Blankenship, who ordered the 5150, and Sutter Center for Psychiatry are well aware of my current health state but have not shown me any compassion or concern. Dr. Crystal Blankenship even tried to dismantle my YELP review of her on Yelp as her concern is apparently for her own reputation and not for my welfare. Most concerning, I am in debt now over $1,600 from this ordeal and cannot afford cancer treatment. I beg anyone reading this review to avoid Sutter Center for Psychiatry.