A closer look at Cornerstone Living Center problems in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- On Wednesday, many residents were moved out of Cornerstone Living Center after the state ordered it to shut down on Tuesday.

FOX8 was able to uncover details into the facility’s past, either documented by the state or by Winston-Salem police.

One violation listed in the state’s report was that of “medication administration.”

“I’ve visited people in the hospital because their meds weren’t administered correctly and they go off the rail,” said a woman, who identified herself as Marie but wanted her last name withheld.

Marie told FOX8 she began visiting residents as a volunteer with her church, but continued to visit residents there after they became friends.

“I want to make sure these people are going to facilities and not just opening the door and letting them out,” Marie said.

Other violations on the state’s report included “personal care and supervision,” and “reporting on incidents and accidents.”

Winston-Salem police say multiple people have been reported missing from the facility, but in one case, documents show that police were not notified of a missing person until two days after she was last seen by workers.

“I know the people that were missing,” Marie said. “They need assistance in living. They shouldn’t be out on the streets.”

Marie continued to say there is “no security” in the facility. “You don’t have to sign in; you don’t have to sign out.”

The first time FOX8’s Michael Hennessey visited the facility (September 2014, when police were investigating a sexual assault there), he simply walked through the front door.

In March, Winston-Salem police say one individual forced his way into the facility. They determined that the suspect was armed with a butcher knife. They said the suspect took the victim’s cell phone, wallet and a large quantity of prescription medication from the office.

State documents show that in 2010, when the facility was known as the Reynolds House, they had to suspend their admissions. The suspension was lifted the following year after the facility became Cornerstone Living Center.

After a June 2014 visit, the state gave the facility a three star rating on a zero-to-four star scale. That three star rating remained until the most recent visit, which resulted in the suspension.

The facility has been ordered by the state to cease operations by June 2, 2015.

“I’d like to take the administrator here and shake him by the shoulders and say, ‘Would you do this to your mother, your brother, your sister, your father?’” Marie said.

FOX8 spoke to an administrator at the facility on Wednesday, who declined to comment.

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