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Federal Surveyors Visit Broughton and Central Regional hospitals

Release Date: Jan. 30, 2009
Contact: Mark Van Sciver, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – Surveyors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted an unannounced inspection at Broughton Hospital, Morganton, this week and found no deficiencies, according to Hospital Director Tom Mahle.

Mahle said the inspectors spent three days at the facility – Jan. 27-29 – investigating five anonymous complaints. Mahle said all complaints were determined to be unsubstantiated by the inspectors and that no additional deficiencies were found.  Inspectors will send the hospital a final report at a later date.

Central Regional Hospital (CRH) in Butner also received a site visit by CMS inspectors Jan. 28-29 as a follow up from two earlier inspections late last year.  According to CRH Hospital Director Mike Hennike, the inspectors told the hospital staff that while a number of deficiencies noted in the earlier surveys were now in compliance with CMS standards, the hospital’s fall prevention policy – the policy designed to prevent unintentional falls by patients – was not being followed uniformly across the hospital.  As a result, several of the CMS Conditions of Participation remain out of compliance.

Hennike said that after the hospital receives the written report from CMS, it will submit a plan of correction to demonstrate how the fall prevention policy will be consistently followed in all patient care units.  Once the hospital’s plan of correction is accepted by CMS, surveyors will conduct another unannounced visit.

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