MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -The South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control says it will investigate the Feb. 12 sexual assault of a patient at a Mt. Pleasant hospice.
The suspect. 54 year old Calvin Dean Williams is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.
Police say Williams got in through an unlocked door and went into the 88 year old victim's room where he allegedly assaulted her.
DHEC regulates all hospices in South Carolina including the Mt. Pleasant facility.
"The regulations require that a hospice facility that has some type of incident involving an injury to a patient has to report that to DHEC within ten days," said DHEC spokesman Thom Berry.
"The regulation does require them to notify next of kin or whoever is responsible for that person, immediately."
DHEC says that was done, and now state health officials are waiting to see what unfolds from the police investigation into the sexual assault.
"In a case like this, we would wait until law enforcement has an opportunity to do everything they need to do. Then once we get the report from the facility, then we will go in and do our own investigation," Berry said.
Berry says if the DHEC investigation turns up any problems, the hospice will have a chance to fix them.
He said if any violations are found, the penalty may just be a change in operational procedures.
Apparently changes have already been made. The operators of the hospice have started locking their doors at all hours. Anyone who wants to enter has to stand outside the front door, ring a buzzer and then be escorted by a staff member.