Medical center officials addressed the steps they plan to take to correct the problems, including:
- Present a monthly progress report to the board
- Correct all state and federal deposits in arrears by May 10
- Develop an annual operating budget
- Set up payment plans with each vendor until outstanding balances are met or alternatives in place.
- Monitor patient transfer times with a goal of less than one hour for a transfer
- Schedule preventive maintenance and repair; remove any equipment not meeting the schedule from daily use
- Institute a daily monitor for all blood bank reagents
- Repair the ventilation system and air handlers in the surgical services department
Holli Senior, a spokesperson for the DOH, told HealthLeaders Media in an e-mail exchange that before Saint Catherine can reopen "it must address all of the deficiencies cited on the 2567 (survey)."
According to the Office of General Counsel at CMS, Saint Catherine's Chapter 11 filing will not "have any effect on CMS's termination action."
Saint Catherine officials have not responded to repeated requests for comment.
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Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.