Maryland hospital cited for safety issues

Accreditation Connection, March 20, 2009

The Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene has cited a Silver Spring, MD hospital treating Catholic clergy for a number of safety issues, including leaving suicidal patients in unsafe environments, the Washington Post reports.

St. Luke Institute was cited for inadequate staff to monitor high-risk patients, lack of safe storage for medications, and poor records on patients. The Joint Commission had previously taken steps to remove the facility’s accreditation due to past issues but did not in the end terminate St. Luke’s accreditation status.

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