Veteran, 76, kills himself in the parking lot of a VA hospital ‘after being told he couldn’t see a doctor for his mental health problems’

Thursday, August 25, 2016
By Paul Martin

Peter Kaisen, 76, shot himself to death on August 21 outside Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Island
Hospital staffers reportedly claimed Kaisen had been turned away from ER, where he had gone seeking help for mental health issues
Hospital spokesman said there was no record Kaisen had stopped by the ER prior to his suicide
The 76-year-old veteran was married and had children and grandchildren

25 August 2016

veteran took his own life in the parking lot of a VA hospital in Long Island, New York, over the weekend after he was allegedly denied an appointment with an ER doctor for his mental problems.

Peter Kaisen, 76, of Islip, was pronounced dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound outside Building 92 at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Sunday.

According to a note posted on a funeral home’s website, Kaisen was married, had children and grandchildren.
The Suffolk County Police Department has confirmed that Kaisen had been a patient at the VA hospital but said nothing about a possible motive behind the suicide.

However, two hospital employees talking anonymously to the New York Times, which broke the story, revealed that Kaisen had been frustrated that he could not see a doctor in the emergency room, where he went to seek help related to his mental health.

One of the sources told the paper that the 76-year-old veteran shot himself inside his car after being denied service in the ER.

The source wondered why Kaisen had not been sent to the hospital’s mental health center, or put in contact with a psychologist by phone.

‘Someone dropped the ball,’ the unnamed hospital staffer told The Times. ‘They should not have turned him away.’

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