Local Hospital Could Lose Federal Funding

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A psychiatric and substance abuse hospital in the east may have their medicaid and medicare funding shut off if federal officials don't accept their correction plan.

The Wilson Times reports that Coastal Plains Hospital in Rocky Mount is waiting to hear back from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid in Atlanta.

The 50 bed in-patient facility came under fire last month after a patient had been dead for six hours and no one noticed.

The paper reports the workers involved in the incident have been fired.

Hospital officials expect to have another review sometime before the end of the month.


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  • by WOLF Location: new york on Aug 18, 2009 at 05:00 PM
    in response to this tragedy, i am almost certain that justice will never be served for james collin's, or his family. His life meant nothing to the staff, only to be cherished by his family who knew him. It says he was only 23, and his football coach said"he was a good kid,he always did what was asked of him." he was not into substance abuse, nor violent, so how could this have happened, and only 2 people fired over it? Maybe the state will do something before another family is ripped apart. no excuse for the 6 hours, none at all.It is something that should have never happened if people did their jobs. HOW DO YOU JUSTIFY??????
  • by kneeka Location: ny state on Aug 17, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    thank you rick. my goof up on time they found him was 2:30pm, not 3:30pm. point is, they should have checked on him at least every hour if he had been meds. i don't understand if he was in isolation room, why was door left open? in ny state, they have a monitor and the door is locked. if they are given meds, then they check every 1/2 hr for vitals. if administration had screened their employees better, they could weed out the ones who do NOT belong in that field. there are many good people out there needing a job, and capable of doing it. isn't it better to get rid of the garbage sooner, than let it rot and contaminate the rest? i agree, top first, then work down.its the uncaring that gets to me. the loss of a human life,the suffering he must have gone thru. maybe toxoligy report will shed some light.
  • by Chris Location: PCMH on Aug 17, 2009 at 06:08 AM
    There is a reason your title is called certified nursing ASSISTANT. I personally get tired of everyone so concerned with what a RN makes and how they should do more. The patient load and level of responsibility increases dramastically with the title and pay. If a CNA has to worry about wiping up a dirty rear-end, change your profession.. Every job has its ups and downs.
  • by Connie Location: G'vegas on Aug 17, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    You know I have been on the inside and the outside of the medical field. I've done my research and made sure I visited every facility I could before placing my loved ones. I have seen and heard the horror stories about some popular Nursing Homes. Think about it... would you buy a house before checking it out? I have my two loved ones in Brook Stone Living Center. 4 years later and I am still pleased on the way they take care of my parents.
  • by Rick Location: Washington on Aug 17, 2009 at 03:29 AM
    If the hospital was understaffed or poorly staffed the administrator(s) should have been fired along with the "workers", and funds should be withheld until those changes are made. Those at the top are always the most responsible for any failings in their organzation and should be the most severely punished.
  • by kneeka Location: ny state on Aug 16, 2009 at 06:30 PM
    i will tell all first hand, that this tragedy would have never happened if the staff was doing only part of their job. excuses of being under staffed has no merit when a person was dead for 6 hours before anyone found him? from 8:30 am til 3:30 pm? give me a break. NO ONE checked. he wasn't even checked on to see about lunch???? that;s amost 4 hours after death??? wouldn't his color give away something? wouldn't his not moving AT ALL, give notice? i'm not even in the medical field, but i in good conscience, let 6 hrs go by? i hope the ones responsible are going hell like his family is. what more can be said?
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Aug 16, 2009 at 05:49 PM
    I can agree with Corry. I was in PCMH for almost a month and the only one that I really seen the whole was my CNA 2. My nurse came in to let me know her name an to let her know if I needed something. So HONESTLY I think that a nurse needs to do more than what they do.
  • by Scared Location: Rocky Mount on Aug 16, 2009 at 04:41 PM
    It scares me to read the opionions posted on here, people like Minnie who feels she can do more than what her position entails, yet can not spell or form a proper sentence. To those who say nurses ignore their patients, The thing is that this is a fairly small facility that is decently staff and the staff could not easily be considered overworked.
  • by Corry Location: Washington on Aug 16, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    Minnie did you ever worked as an CNA 2 or you are a nurse? I am an CNA 2 and worked for the PCMH. The work we do is very hard and not very much aprechiated! I got treaten like a slave and discriminated in every way. On top of it the pay sucks and the nurses hardly ever help us out, even though they suppose too if needed.They look down on us as if we are nothing. A nurse makes between $28 to $40 and hr. and we who do all the hard and somethimes very nasty work for $7 to $10 and hr. Is that fair?
  • by MINNIE Location: GREENVILLE on Aug 16, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    YES THE NURSES ARE OVER STAFF.BUT THEIR ARE PLENTY CNA 2 THAT CAN DO MORE THAN THEY DO.WE HAVE TO PAY FOR OUR LICENSE JUST LIKE A R.N. DO WHY NOT CHANGE THE LAW FOR THE CNAS 2 TO DO MORE IN PATIENT CARE THAN WE DO.IT IS SAD TO HAVE THE AMP HELP AND NOT PUT IT TO GOOD USE.
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