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Lorraine Adolph Fatality Inquiry. Half truths, untruths and other irregularities heard at the Inquiry.

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1)  The Inquiry was told that Lorraine Adolph’s body was found 800 meters from 

Building # 12, in fact it was 400 meters.

2)  The Inquiry was told that on the morning of the incident, the temperature was -2.  In fact 

the morning that Lorraine was allowed to leave Building # 12 unattended, the temperature 

was -17 with a wind chill of -32.  

3)  When Psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Granger, informed the family by telephone “we’ve notified 

security on the premises regarding the fact that your mother has not returned from her privileges”, 

he gave the inference that he had personally contacted them. When asked if he had called security, 

he told the Inquiry that contacting security was not in his purview of responsibility.

When asked why Lorraine Adolph was left unsupervised for a 15 minute smoke break outside 

the locked doors of Building 12, Dr. Granger replied that it was because they were short staffed.

By stating that they were “short staffed”, was he saying that she should have not gone out alone? 

In fact, his clinical decision had granted her “ground privileges”. 

4)  It has not been our experience that Alberta Hospital is short staffed. We submit that there is always 

more than sufficient staff to monitor patients,  primarily their visitors. Through out 2007, 2008 and into 

2009, visitors who were seniors and some  elderly were supervised during visits to the geriatiric unit 

on the orders of Dr. Asad Brahim, Doctor Michael Buchinski, Gail tricker Program Director, Mark Snaterse,

 Site Administrator.   We have a photograph dated October 19, 2008 of an 82 year old patient’s

 birthday party which was held in the sitting room of Building 12- 1 #A.

The slight 81 year old wife is shown serving the Birthday cake to five mature guests who were there to 

honour the frail, wheel chair bound patient. Seated in the corner of the room, wearing a 

uniform & a big smile, is a security guard who appears to be enjoying birthday cake, ice cream and pop 

(providing security ?).

As a a matter of fact whenever Mrs. D. visited her husband, her visits were always closely supervised.

  Since March we have been visiting a senior, at the now Villa Caritas Edmonton geriatric unit. 

(AB. Hospital geriatric patients have been relocated to Villa Caritas).   Directive of Dr. Kevin 

Lawless, Dr. Buchinski and Gail Tricker, allows us a one hour visit per week.  The senior is 

brought to us by 2 or 3 nurses  & sometimes a security guard as if she were a maximum security 

prisoner. Then, for  the entire hour, we are closely supervised. Most recently we are being supervised 

by nursing staff of 2 A. Often there is a security guard wandering the halls outside of the little room 

where we are allowed to meet. 

5) Lorraine Adolph’s primary care nurse on December 4, 2008 a  professional registered nurse, allowed 

a certified mental patient, frail senior, who was known to be actively hallucinating, out alone into blizzard

& sub zero temperatures.

6) Officers of the Edmonton Police Service who arrived at Alberta Hospital Edmonton, on the early evening 

of December 4, 2008, were told an untruth by security personnel that the grounds of Alberta Hospital had 

been searched.  Had security immediately got in their vehicles,  they would have found her walking towards 

Building # 11 where she was found.  

7) The Inquiry was told, Security did not commence a foot search until 1900 hours at which time Lorraine  Adolph

would have succumbed to the elements.  Did they do a foot search?  If they did, it was hardly thorough. 

Lorraine Adolph’s frozen body was found by a police Officer one week later, within walking distance from the

geriatric unit

8) No medical examiner’s Report was provided to the Inquiry. It should have been made known to the Inquiry, 

the level of drugs which were in the decedent at the time of her death.

The Inquiry provided evidence of abject neglect and indifference.  We submit that the psychiatrist, the registered
nurse and security, all breached the standard of care.