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HOSPITAL NEEDS INCREASES TO STAY FISCALLY FIT

December 12, 1998

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LMH's president says an accreditation inspection team was generally impressed with the operation.

A visiting inspection team has completed its three-day accreditation review at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, leaving behind four preliminary recommendations for improvements at the facility.

The recommendations by inspectors for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, according to hospital spokesmen Friday:

  • That LMH physicians be required to document their orders allowing patients to smoke in the hospital's mental health unit.
  • That administrators and supervisors evaluate employees in more timely fashion.
  • That administrators report annually to the board of trustees on the competency of hospital employees.
  • And that there be annual re-evaluations of the hospital's safety and infection control plans.

"The general tone of the surveyors was that we have an outstanding organization that demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to interdisciplinary teamwork," said LMH President Gene Meyer. "The hospital appreciated the educational aspect of the survey and the opportunity to interact with the team of surveyors."

The survey team consisted of a doctor, nurse and administrator. Their recommendations resulted from a routine, triennial, inspection by the accrediting group, which will forward a more complete survey of findings to the hospital at a later date.

"We'll be asked to correct (the noted problems) in a six-month period," said LMH spokesperson Janice Early-Weas. "They won't have to come back or anything."

Early-Weas said accreditation is important, among other reasons, because it is needed for federal Medicare reimbursements.

-- Mike Shields' phone message number is 832-7144. His e-mail address is mshields@ljworld.com.

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