DHS looks into deaths at Enid facility

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ENID, Okla. - The Oklahoma Department of Health issued a report detailing their investigation after a complaint at Northern Oklahoma Resource Center in Enid.

The facility provides care for those who are mentally and physically disabled. The investigation follows after three patients died at the facility in the past couple of months.

The main allegation is that the facility failed to provide proper care and medical services as needed to patients at NORCO.

The Oklahoma Department of Health found that claim unsubstantiated.

The department examined hospital records; treatment sheets; personnel records and more; while conducting this investigation. Investigators also interviewed staffers.

Sheree Powell with DHS, the agency which oversees NORCO's operations says, "For there to be a death at one of the facilities, that is not unusual, but because there were three in such a short amount of time, we are taking this very seriously. We want to ensure that they have the highest quality of care."

Just over 100 people live at the facility. The facility has also been slated for closure in 2015 as part of changes to the way state approaches care for these folks.

"We certainly take these situations very seriously. We care very deeply about the individuals that we serve, and we want to make sure they have the highest quality of life," Sheree Powell says.

The report filed by the health department will be available to the public for the next three years.

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