UnityPoint Health-Meriter says it has corrected violations found in federal

UnityPoint Health-Meriter says it has corrected the issues found in a federal inspection of its hospital in Madison.  

A report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shows an inspection turned up 42 violations at the hospital. According to the CMS report, "based on observation, staff interviews, and review of maintenance records between March 19 and March 20, 2018, and a verification visit on May 10, 2018, the facility failed to construct, install and maintain the building systems to ensure life safety to patients."

The violations related to lighting, door latches that were not working and some door hardware.

Hospital spokeswoman Leah Huibregtse says the citations listed in the May inspection were items remaining from the March survey the hospital was in the process of fixing, but had not yet completed. Huibregtse says a surveyor visited the hospital Tuesday morning to verify completion of the final few corrections. She says the hospital received preliminary notification "that all corrections have been satisfactorily completed."

"CMS will need to officially confirm the corrections and, once it does so, any concern regarding Medicaid and Medicare payments will be removed. We continue to be focused on nurturing and protecting the health of all our patients and delivering the high-quality care," Huibregtse added.

CMS first began its investigation into the hospital following injuries to five children in the neo-natal intensive care unit. Meriter suspended the nurse believed to be responsible for the injuries. The state also suspended his license. The Madison Police Department is investigating the case. 

For more go to WKOW: http://www.wkow.com/story/38365853/2018/06/06/unitypoint-health-meriter-says-it-has-corrected-violations-found-in-federal-inspection

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