|Official Press Release
Date: July 15, 2008
RALEIGH – Central Regional Hospital has cleared its pre-opening regulatory hurdles and will begin accepting patients next week.
The state’s new $130 million psychiatric hospital in Butner today received notice of compliance with federal and state safety requirements. In a letter to DHHS Secretary Dempsey Benton, the state Division of Health Service Regulation said the new hospital had passed inspections for state licensing rules and for federal Medicare and Medicaid’s Life Safety Code requirements. “It is our opinion that the construction of this facility is safe for use by patients, staff and visitors,” the letter states.
The regulatory findings are the latest in a series of inspections and reviews that have found Central Regional Hospital to be safe and ready to accept patients:
Central Regional Hospital will open to its first patients during the week of July 21, when 200 patients from John Umstead Hospital, also in Butner, will be transferred into the new hospital. Umstead staff have been trained in the new hospital’s policies and safety procedures, several of which make use of wireless technology.
The transfer of adult acute and elderly patients from Umstead will take place the week of July 21; juvenile patients will remain at the Umstead facility in a new child and adolescent unit. The transition from Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh will occur at a subsequent date.
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