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Central Regional Hospital cleared by Federal surveyors

Release Date: February 20, 2009
Contact: Mark Van Sciver, 919-733-9190

BUTNER – Central Regional Hospital (CRH) will continue to participate in federal Medicaid and Medicare programs. Surveyors are recommending that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) lift its finding of Immediate Jeopardy against the hospital as a result of a three-day inspection that concluded today.

DHHS Secretary Lanier Cansler notified Gov. Beverly Perdue that CMS investigators will recommend to their regional office that CRH meets all CMS conditions of participation in order to receive federal funds. 

Since assuming the leadership of the Department in January, Sec. Cansler pursued Gov. Perdue’s goals of public accountability by taking immediate and decisive action in matters of public health and safety issues at the state facilities. On Feb. 4, he instituted a Zero Tolerance Policy for employees regarding the abuse and/or neglect of patients as well as failure to notify the facility’s administration in the event of any knowledge of any incidents at all state-operated facilities. In addition, CRH has instituted a “No Abuse: Not Now, Not Ever” campaign requiring all employees to be thoroughly versed in the zero tolerance policy and to sign a notice for their personnel file that they are aware of the zero tolerance policy and its requirements. CRH Director Mike Hennike said the hospital has created an additional advocacy position, bringing the number of patient advocate positions at the hospital from seven to eight.

According to Hennike, the inspectors specifically focused on the hospital’s fall prevention policy – the policy designed to prevent unintentional falls by patients – which was not being followed uniformly across the hospital. He complimented the hospital staff locations – Butner and the Raleigh campus – on their efforts at addressing changes necessary to keep the hospital’s certification and in providing quality care and treatment. The inspectors were satisfied that the hospital’s safeguards and policies are now fully in compliance. Inspectors also cited the hospital for a Feb. 1 alleged assault on a patient that was not reported to hospital administrators until an anonymous complaint was received by CMS. As a result of that incident, one employee was terminated. Disciplinary actions are proceeding against five other employees involved in the incident.

Hennike added that the hospital will receive official notification by letter from CMS sometime within a 10-day to two-week time period.


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