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Jan Johnson

Monday 20th of April 2015

I was an active employee at Willard. I was an LPN back then, a new nurse- and worked from 1983 to 1986. I worked in the "Birches" building with psych older women. The staff ,including me ,buried a time capsule into the ground by the building!!! The ward was huge with beds lined up like soldiers in dorms. They still had a surgery unit in another building! the m edications used often was Thorazine, Mellaril. I did not like my job there, I transferred to the DDSO in Newark where condtions were better, but that is another interesting untold story.

Jennifer Morrisey

Wednesday 22nd of April 2015

Jan, I visited the Newark Grounds and wrote a short post about the history of the buildings. I just ran across a video this morning on Youtube with conditions very similar to what you are describing at Utica