Cherry Hospital Can Get Funding Again

The North Carolina mental hospital where a patient sitting in a chair for nearly 24 hours died will soon be able to get federal money after spending nearly a year without the funds.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said Cherry Hospital leaders were told Wednesday that inspectors will recommend the facility be recertified to get treatment dollars for federal Medicaid and Medicare patients.

The federal government decertified the Goldsboro hospital last September after allegations of patient mistreatment.

In April 2008, a 50-year-old man died after choking on medication while he was left sitting in a chair for nearly 24 hours over the course of four work shifts.

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