Safety problems play role in lost accreditation for NC hospital

Emergency Management Alert, September 2, 2008

A state psychiatric hospital in North Carolina has lost its Joint Commission accreditation in part because of safety-related citations.

Broughton Hospital in Morgantown, NC, lost an appeal of its preliminary denial of accreditation last week, according to information posted on the facility’s Web site. The hospital had been in preliminary denial since December 2007, when surveyors toured the facility.

Safety-related requirements for improvement issued by surveyors during that visit, as noted by The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO), included the following:

  • Not managing safety risks (EC.1.10)
  • Not complying with the Life Safety Code (EC.5.20)
  • Not managing utility risks (EC.7.10)
  • Not properly maintaining its medical gas and vacuum systems (EC.7.50)

The hospital has since corrected these problems and may ask The Joint Commission to again review the case, the Charlotte (NC) Observer reported.


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