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NC Department of Health and Human Services

CMS Surveyors Return to Central Regional Hospital for Follow-Up Surve

Release Date: December 2, 2008
Contact: Tom Lawrence, 919-733-9190

BUTNER – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) surveyors conducted a follow-up survey of both campuses of Central Regional Hospital (CRH) on Nov. 17-21.  As a result, the hospital has been notified that it must correct identified deficiencies by Dec. 14 or face the loss of its ability to receive Medicare and Medicaid funding.

Surveyors examined both campuses of Central Regional Hospital, the new facility in Butner and the Raleigh campus (formerly Dorothea Dix Hospital). Surveyors issued a finding that immediate jeopardy existed under Medicare conditions of participation as a result of physical plant issues.  Physical plant issues identified included burned out light bulbs and fire protection system deficiencies on the Raleigh campus and a locked exterior door in an unoccupied portion the new facility in Butner.

In addition, surveyors investigated an inappropriate restraint of a patient which occurred during their survey.  According to Acting CRH Director Michael Lancaster, M.D., the hospital took immediate action to address the patient care issues identified by the surveyors in that incident, including taking disciplinary action against the employees involved.

Lancaster said that the physical plant conditions that caused the immediate jeopardy finding were fixed the day they were noted by surveyors. However, he noted that the surveyors also cited numerous other physical plant and life safety code deficiencies on the aged Raleigh campus (the former Dorothea Dix Hospital) that must be addressed in the federally-required plan of correction.

CMS has given the hospital until Dec. 14 to submit the plan of correction. If the plan is accepted, CMS surveyors will return for an unannounced visit to determine if the plan has been implemented in compliance with CMS regulations.




Updated: December 3, 2008