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Cherry Hospital certified by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

Release Date: July 22, 2009
Contact:  Renee McCoy and Mark Van Sciver, 919-733-9190

Goldsboro – Inspectors with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have informed Cherry Hospital officials that they plan to recommend the facility to be certified to receive Medicaid and Medicare funds.

Philip R. Cook, director of Cherry Hospital, was told by CMS inspectors that the hospital is in full compliance with the clinical standards and Conditions of Participation for Acute Care Hospitals and the Special Conditions of Participation for Psychiatric Hospitals by the CMS at the conclusion of their survey of the hospital, which was completed today.

Cook said once the hospital receives official notification it will be eligible to begin drawing Medicare and Medicaid funds as of July 22.  Cherry Hospital will typically receive approximately $1 million a month in Medicaid and Medicare funds, he said.

“I am very proud of the work of the Cherry Hospital staff on every level to achieve this goal,” Cook said.  “We believe this in an important step but we will continue to work beyond the certification process to improve the hospital and provide the finest care to the people we serve.”

Cherry Hospital serves 38 eastern North Carolina counties and has a bed capacity of 274.