Feds Cite Cherry Hospital After Escape

Federal investigators have cited Cherry Hospital after an escape of a young patient last month.

Cherry says it has made changes after the patient escaped custody March 12th. The state says the patient was returned March 22nd by law enforcement.

Officials from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services were on the campus of the Goldsboro state mental hospital this week to investigate the escape.

The feds have given the state mental hospital in Goldsboro an "immediate jeopardy" citation. That term is used to indicate problems exists that compromise the health or safety of patients.

Cherry says it immediately reviewed its procedures and then instituted new policies and training. The feds then required the hospital to additional steps and verbally told the hospital of the citation.

The state says once a written report is received it will submit its official plan of correction. The feds say they'll conduct a full survey at Cherry Hospital within 23 days.

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