BALTIMORE (AP) — The chief executive of Maryland’s maximum-security psychiatric hospital is stepping down.

Health officials announced Sheilah Davenport’s resignation set for the end of this month in a memo to staff at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center last week.

The news comes after a recent report faulted employees for their behavior during their behavior during the strangulation of a patient there last year. El-Soudani El-Wahhabi has been charged with the strangulation death of fellow patient Susan Sachs and is awaiting trial. Davenport tells The Gazette that her decision was not influenced by Sach’s death.

Susan Steinberg, director of forensic services for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will take over Davenport’s responsibilities while a search is conducted.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. bernard F Mc Kernan says:

    Davenport should have been fired. Instead, she will get the beautiful “Golden parachute” with a lavish severance. As head of an institution that continually fails to follow through & just churns out mentally ill people using hard earned tax payers dollars, this is a disgrace to the people of Maryland. The employees should be held to a high standard & re-evaluated on a qtr basis. Those not performing including the head executive should be terminated. Let’s see how unemployment suits them for awhile. Too many patronage jobs here folks & too many bad employees with bad attitudes & indifferent results. Time to clean house from top to bottom.

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