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  CRH Director recommends transition of Dix patients to new facility

Release Date: August 27, 2008
Contact: Tom Lawrence, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – Interim Central Regional Hospital Director Michael Lancaster, M.D. recommends that the state begin finalizing efforts to transfer patients and staff from Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh to the newly opened Central Regional Hospital in Butner.

In a letter to the Secretary, Lancaster said the time has come to move forward with completing the merger.

“While there have been issues that we have addressed at CRH and will continue to address as a result of the transition to a new building and new technology, we feel confident none of these issues poses a significant risk to patients or staff,” Lancaster said. “Our greater concern is the ongoing effort to support two independent facilities when program staffing and treatment models depend on these two facilities being merged together.”

Lancaster noted that anonymous complaints investigated by surveyors from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) were unsubstantiated and the hospital received no findings as a result of the survey. He also reported that efforts to have CRH compliant with the Joint Commission standards of accreditation is not possible until the merger is complete. However he noted that Joint Commission representatives, after meeting with state and CHR staff to review policies, medical staff by-laws, and credentialing procedures, were satisfied that “. . . the appropriate structure is in place to allow for a successful transition.”



Updated: October 14, 2008