Patient hurt at Bon Secours St. Francis hospital


GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – A patient at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital’s downtown campus says she was slammed on her head by a security guard. The hospital says they’ve reviewed the situation and have dealt with it accordingly. 

Leslie Smith says she went to St. Francis last Wednesday because she broke four of her toes. However, she says she left with lacerations to her head, a knot on her head, and cuts on her hand. 

Smith says the ordeal began during her discharge. She says a nurse had given her drugs to help with the pain for her broken bones. She said she suffers from congestive heart failure, and the medicine made her extra drowsy. 

“I was getting ready to get up, and I fell back asleep again,” Smith said. 

She said it happened three times before a security guard came to escort her out of the hospital. She says that’s when it escalated. She said the security guard grabbed her aggressively and words were exchanged between the both of them. However, she says she doesn’t believe she deserved the treatment she received. 

“He took me like this, he turned me, grabbed me, and he threw me on the side of my head,” Smith said. 

Bon Secours St. Francis released the following statement:

An unfortunate incident did occur at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System’s downtown campus between an American Services Inc. security guard and a patient. The incident has been reviewed and appropriate action toward involved personnel has been taken due to a violation of our code of conduct. We remain committed to the safety and well-being of all patients within our care, and have dealt with this situation according to proper protocols and procedures.

Smith who’s working with activist Bruce Wilson of “Fighting Injustice Together” says she wasn’t told what happened to the guard which is prolonging her physical and mental healing. 

“I don’t feel vindicated at all,” Smith said. 

7News checked with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. They said they received a call about Smith being disruptive but said no reports were filed. 

7News also reached out to American Services but they have not gotten back to us about the specific incident yet. 

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