Is a Fremont Hospital Haunted?
by Tony Russomanno
Originally posted at:http://cbs5.com/news/local/2002/11/14/Is_a_Fremont_Hospital_Haunted%3F.html
Something was haunting the nurses on the second floor of Kaiser Hospital in Fremont.
“Some staff did feel like they experienced movement in the building and some other things,” said hospital director Rebecca Hathaway.
The other things included doors slamming and empty beds moving.
“I don’t believe it, but there’s a lot of people saying they have experienced it or they saw it,” said hospital worker Ernesto Bayya. “But I don’t believe it.”
Believe it or not, the administration of the new hospital decided to allow the hospital’s chaplain to conduct a ceremony.
“It was a request of the staff to have our chaplain to have a ceremony or a blessing,” said Hathaway. “Just a little healing service.”
The ceremony made use of rocks painted with words like “peace” and “tranquility.” The hospital says it was definitely not an exorcism, which is a rite only performed by a Catholic priest with the approval of the Vatican. Researcher Loyd Auerbach of the Office of Paranormal Investigation in San Francisco says healing ceremonies such as the one at the hospital are designed to make people feel better, rather than trying to remove any presumed ghosts.
A Filipino hospital worker says some of the nurses who reported the poltergeist-like activity were also from the Philippines, where ghosts are part of the culture.
“They believe in spirits,” said Bayya. “Most of the nurses are Filipino, so probably they believe in that, or they think that’s still existing here in the states.”