Manatee Palms Youth Services

hospital in Florida, United States

Manatee Palms Youth Services is a hospital. It has 60 patients at its location in Bradenton, Florida. Manatee Palms Youth Services has been shut down[1] by the State of Florida twice because of hurtful behavior from staff workers and nurses at its hospital.[2][1] Florida will not let Manatee Palms admit any more patients because of this hurtful behavior.[3] The State of Florida has found Manatee Palms a hospital that doesn't take care of its patients.[3][4]

Manatee Palms Youth Services
Subsidiary of Universal Health Services
IndustryHealth care
Area served
United States
Key people
Jeff Turiczek (CEO)
ServicesBehavioral Health
OwnerUniversal Health Services, Inc.

1990s abuseEdit

The first time abuse at Manatee Palms that is on public record happened in November 1991 when a staff worker sexually hurt a teenage patient.[5] Another situation occurred in February 1994 when Mark Duane Brewer, a hospital counselor, had sex with a 16-year-old patient in the hospital. [6] Another family filed suit against the same man in May of 1994, alleging their children were also raped.[6] Another situation happened in 1996, when a staff member attacked a patient by putting him in a choke hold and throwing him to the ground.[7] In 1997, an 18 year old man raped a patient at Manatee Palms.[8]

2000s abuseEdit

In October 2004, a sexual assault happened at the facility and the staff member admitted it.[9]

In November 2004, four patients ran away from the hospital, stole a car, caused crashes, and almost hit a sheriff's deputy.[10][11] In February 2009, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of a former patient who was physically assaulted by staff on a daily basis.[12]

Manatee Palms was in the news after people found out that a sex offender was employed in 2003. The 41-year-old asked a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual acts with him and record it with a video camera.[13]


In April 2007, Manatee Palms was closed by the State of Florida for hiring staff members with criminal records, staff abusing patients, buildings falling apart, and threatening some people in Florida.[14][15][15] Manatee Palms was fined $12,000 by the state and was forced to make lots of renovations. They reopened in May 2007. In April 2010, Manatee Palms was closed once again[16] due to staff members hurting patients by breaking their bones.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wolfrum, Timothy R. (2010-05-06). "Bradenton Herald - May 2010 - Manatee Palms hospital Slammed". Archived from the original on 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  2. "Miami Herald - May 2007 - Youth mental hospital shuttered amid violations". 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nashville Business Journal - by April Wortham. "Nashville Business Journal - 06 May 2010 Psychiatric Solutions in trouble in Florida". Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  4. Lawley, Erin (2010-05-06). "The Nashville Post - 06 May 2010 - Psych Solutions has Florida troubles". Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  6. 6.0 6.1
  9. "Bradenton Herald - October 2004 - Woman admits molesting teen at youth center". 2004-10-23. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  10. "Bradenton Herald - November 2004 - Four escaped teens cause chase, crashes". 2004-11-20. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  11. "Sarasota Herald-Tribune - November 2004- Teen escapees cause crashes". 2004-11-21. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  12. "Bradenton Herald - February 2009 - Area Youth Service Center Being Sued". 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  13. "Bradenton Herald: Search Results".
  14. "Miami Herald: Search Results".
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Propublica acquired document" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  16. "MANATEE PALMS YOUTH SERVICES Facility Profile". Retrieved 2010-11-01.

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