TriHealth: Nurse on Leave After Allegedly Making Homophobic Facebook Posts

The posts drew scrutiny on social media after Cincinnati City Councilmember Chris Seelbach called for a boycott of TriHealth until the employee who allegedly made the posts was let go.

Oct 28, 2019 at 1:43 pm
Councilmember Chris Seelbach (foreground) - Nick Swartsell
Nick Swartsell
Councilmember Chris Seelbach (foreground)

Cincinnati City Council member Chris Seelbach is calling for a boycott of a local healthcare company after an employee for one of its hospitals allegedly wrote homophobic Facebook posts. That employee has since been put on leave pending an investigation, the hospital says.

The posts allegedly written by an ER nurse at Bethesda Butler Hospital in Hamilton included slurs against LGBTQ people and explicit language. The screenshot posts Seelbach shared on his Facebook page were made by a profile bearing the name Cindy Carter. That profile is now private. (Another Facebook user initially identified Carter as an employee of the hospital.)

"Fuck 'Always.' This country has gone to complete shit,"  one post, responding to an article about ungendered menstrual products, read. "Why do certain applications ask for legal sex … you're either male or female. There's no fucking in between. Jesus people – get your heads on straight. Grab a mirror – it's easy. You either have a dick or you don't."

A followup post was even more graphic.

"I swear, these cock-sucking homos think they deserve everything," the post reads. "And the confused woman (sic) are just as bad. Men need to be men. Women need to be women. Stop the stupid ass man buns and man your buns up to do some hard labor." 

Seelbach saw the posts and shared them with a call to boycott Bethesda parent company TriHealth until Carter was dismissed.

"As an LGBTQ+ person, I don't feel comfortable ever using TriHealth’s services until I know a person who thinks I’m a 'fucking cock sucking homo' would ever treat me," he wrote. "Until TriHealth terminates the employment of Cindy Carter, I will not be using their services. Boycott TriHealth."

TriHealth says it has placed the employee on leave pending an investigation. 

"Thank you to members of our community who made us aware of comments made by a TriHealth team member that are not in accordance with TriHealth's beliefs, mission, or values," the company wrote in a Facebook post today. "We take allegations of this nature very seriously and began an internal investigation into the matter on Friday. The nurse has been placed on administrative leave for her safety and the safety of our patients while the investigation continues. We are committed to bringing this issue to a swift close and will provide an update when the investigation is complete." 

Seelbach thanked TriHealth, calling the investigation "a good first step."

"No one who thinks I am a 'fucking cock sucking homo' and that transgender people don't exist should be treating patients," he wrote.