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NC Department of Health and Human Services

DHHS Agrees to Postpone Hearing on Dix Transition

Release Date: Oct. 2, 2008
Contact: Tom Lawrence (919) 733-9190 or (919) 218-2192 (cell)

RALEIGH – On Sept. 18, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it would begin the transfer of patients from Dorothea Dix Hospital to the new Central Regional Hospital in Butner.  At the time the decision to commence the transfer was made, the Department concluded that it complied with the conditions of Session Law 2008-107.  One condition of Session Law 2008-107 was that prior to beginning the transfer of patients, the Secretary had to determine that an inspection indicated no findings that the new hospital was out of compliance with conditions of participation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 

On Sept. 23-25, CMS was at the new hospital and at Dorothea Dix.  Although the two hospitals had been merged under one provider number in anticipation of the transfer of patients, CMS questioned whether or not there was a full merger of the medical staffs and governance of the two hospitals.  A finding by CMS that the two hospital medical staffs and governance have not fully merged into one could lead CMS to conclude that the integration of the two hospitals into one hospital is not complete.  Obviously, having the majority of the two staffs together in one location could have avoided this potential finding. The Department does not yet know CMS’ decision. 

As the Department awaits word from CMS, it has agreed with Disability Rights North Carolina to postpone the hearing which is currently scheduled for Oct. 6. This means that for now, pursuant to the Temporary Restraining Order entered in this case, the Department will remain in a holding pattern regarding the transfer of patients from Dorothea Dix Hospital.







Updated: October 14, 2008