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NC Department of Health and Human Services

State sends team to Cherry Hospital

Release Date: August 19, 2008
Contact: Tom Lawrence, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – The state has sent a mental health program team to Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro to provide technical assistance to the facility as it develops a plan of corrective action in light of an Aug. 9 survey by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that determined deficiencies in nursing services, patient rights and governing body. The surveyors cited two cases – one where a patient was struck by a staff member and another where a patient died. The team arrived at Cherry Hospital Monday morning, Aug. 11.

“I am deeply concerned with the report from CMS concerning patient care at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro,” said DHHS Secretary Dempsey Benton. “I have already directed Dr. Jim Osberg, chief of State Operated Services, to send a team from his office to access the situation at Cherry Hospital and to assist the facility management in devising a plan of correction that ensures the highest level of patient care and safety.”

According to Benton, the hospital executive management staff as well as staff from State Operated Services are working to develop and review a comprehensive plan of correction, including, but not limited to, a redeployment of existing nursing staff to provide more effective patient care and supervision as well as more appropriate management of staff resources.

“Disciplinary actions have been taken to emphasize that attentive, quality patient care is the essential responsibility for every employee in the hospital and that this behavior uncovered by the CMS surveyors is absolutely unacceptable,” he said. “The hospital management and the Division oversight group will take whatever measures necessary to assure that it is fully understood at all levels and that it is practiced every day.”



Updated: October 14, 2008