MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - Alliance Health Midwest Hospital CEO Clay Franklin takes responsibility for deplorable conditions at the facility after pictures inside the hospital surfaced on social media.
Midwest City Council members spoke out at an open meeting to discuss recent health issues at Alliance Health Midwest Hospital Tuesday night.
Thursday, News 4 brought you the social media pictures inside the hospital. Pictures show alleged mold and mildew in patient rooms and hallways, filthy bathrooms, and unsanitary conditions in the kitchen with dishes piled up and water puddling on the floor.
The OKC-County Health Department reportedly found seven violations in the food prep area alone.
The Alliance Health Midwest CEO says efforts need to be better, but also explained what was exactly going on in the pictures.
"It should look better, definitely, than what it does. No question about that," Franklin said.
Franklin points out that the patient rooms in the pictures have been closed off, in some cases, for 10 years.
The kitchen, he claims, had just been finished with two large holiday catering events when the pictures were taken.
As for mold and air quality concerns, Franklin says those black splotches in the pictures are old adhesive. He says a full air survey has been conducted.
“Air quality concerns are baseless concern. We do not have them at our hospital," he said.
City council members repeatedly cited the transparency of Franklin and his staff, as many went on a tour of the hospital last Friday.
Councilman Burn says it's on the entire community to monitor and make sure the community hospital stays up to state and national standards .
He proposed the hospital hold an open house. The council also called for Alliance Health to put more funds into the hospital infrastructure.
"I think if the corporation uses this as a catalyst, to fix some of the areas that were identified and move us forward and bring us to a hospital that the community deserves," said Councilman Sean Reed.