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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  • by Julie Location: ENC on Jul 25, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    You must be ignorant of the rules that govern places like Cherry (that come from outside agencies.) If you are speaking of having too many CNA's, then places like that have a certain number they have to have on staff to provide mandatory patient-to-staff ratios. As far as the "thug" comment, maybe I could see that with those who had their mugshots in the paper, but otherwise I imagine your comment would be extremely offensive to those who work there who have done nothing wrong. Ditto for those folks working in the nursing homes. I would like to see how you did at these very challenging (and often extraordinarily violent) jobs. Probably wouldn't last an hour.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    I would not send my dog to Cherry.They hire too many "assistants" and in my book look like thugs.Same goes for the majority of nursing homes.
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