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Central Regional Hospital will submit plan to preserve federal funding

Release Date: March 6, 2009
Contact: Mark Van Sciver, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH — The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will submit a plan of correction to federal authorities before Mar. 28 to continue participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs at Central Regional Hospital (CRH) in Butner.

According to CRH Director Mike Hennike, inspectors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) were on campus this week to review the circumstances surrounding a patient’s unsuccessful suicide attempt Feb. 26 on the Butner campus.  Hospital management self-reported the incident to the federal surveyors last week.  Hennike said that the inspectors informed the hospital that they would recommend a notice of Immediate Jeopardy be placed against the facility. CRH must submit an accepted plan of correction and pass a re-inspection by CMS before Mar. 28 or lose access to Medicare and Medicaid funds.  Hennike noted that the surveyors did not cite any concerns regarding the physical plant in this review.

“We are taking this matter seriously, which is why we self-reported this incident to federal investigators,” said Sec. Cansler.  “The hospital has already taken quick steps to prevent a repeat occurrence and I will take whatever additional steps are necessary to correct the deficiencies that CMS identifies to ensure we have strong policies in place that are well communicated to all our staff and that our hospital is safe.”

Hennike said the hospital will receive an official letter from CMS within the next week to 10 days but that the staff began working to design and implement corrective action immediately following the incident.

Since assuming the leadership of the Department in January, DHHS Sec. Lanier Cansler has pursued Gov. Bev 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, Sec. Cansler 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.



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