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NC Department of Health and Human Services

Joint Commission denies Broughton Hospital accreditation appeal

Release Date: August 15, 2008
Contact: Tom Lawrence or Mark Van Sciver: 919-733-9190

MORGANTON – The Joint Commission, a nationally recognized accrediting agency that certifies and inspects more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, denied an appeal by Broughton Hospital to remain accredited by the organization. The Commission conducted a three-day survey on Dec. 11-13, 2007.

Based on the results of that survey, the Commission issued a preliminary denial of accreditation. Broughton appealed the decision but was notified by letter on August 14 that its appeal was denied.  The Hospital will appeal the decision.

“We are extremely disappointed by the Commission’s decision, especially in light of all the changes and improvements the staff has made at the hospital over the past year.  Broughton Hospital was recently successful in regaining certification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a result of those efforts,” said Dr. Art Robarge, interim director of Broughton Hospital.

The loss of Joint Commission accreditation does not impact the ability of Broughton to receive Medicare or Medicaid funds, Robarge said; however, the facility may be unable to receive funds through some private insurance companies.  He also said that loss of accreditation can potentially impact the hospital’s ability to provide residency training of psychiatrists and nursing students.

The Joint Commission surveyed the hospital and examined more than 500 different standards for accreditation. Surveyors contend that Broughton did not meet 17. Facilities can be provisionally accredited with up to 16 deficiencies. Robarge noted that most issues cited by surveyors in December are corrected, accepted or contested by the hospital, or have been withdrawn by the Commission. 

Robarge said that if Broughton’s final appeal is unsuccessful then it will reapply for accreditation with the Joint Commission. The hospital will be required to demonstrate a period of compliance with the standards as determined by the Joint Commission in order to be reaccredited.



Updated: September 19, 2008