Corporate Compliance

PA hospital's deficiencies detailed in corrective action plan

Compliance Monitor, April 25, 2012

Beleaguered Saint Catherine Medical Center, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month, owes 76 vendors an estimated $2.3 million according to a document released by the CMS Philadelphia office.

The document also notes that syringes and saline solutions are in short supply and that preventative maintenance is behind schedule for critical pieces of medical equipment such as an EKG, ventilators, and a defibrillator.

CMS discovered the debts, supply shortages, and equipment problems during a Pennsylvania Department of Health complaint survey conducted at the Ashland, PA facility on March 27. According to state and federal officials the deficiencies and violations placed patient health and safety in immediate jeopardy.

As a result, the state placed a ban on new admissions to Saint Catherine, as well as surgical services, emergency, and outpatient procedures at the 67-bed hospital. Although the medical center is still licensed, there are no patients at the facility.

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