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Psychiatric hospital workers await firing appeals hearings

A group of 11 people have appealed their firings by the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital over the treatment of a patient.

State of Michigan Freedom of Information Act assistant coordinator Rick Hamm tells the Kalamazoo Gazette in a FOIA request that the ex-employees are waiting to have their cases heard.

An investigation found dozens of staff members either abused the patient or witnessed the abuse that led up to the man's arm being broken in June 2014 as staff struggled to restrain him.

The hospital is one of five state-owned facilities for mental patients.

The group's former union president is to return to work this month to his job as a residential care aide.

His firing was changed to a 20-day suspension.

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