WABE, October 10, 2011
Federal inspectors will soon pay an unannounced visit to Grady Memorial Hospital. The federal survey was triggered by the death of 60-year-old Gloria Shavers who fell to her death from an open 11th floor window of the hospital last month. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesperson Lee Millman says investigators plan to conduct a full survey of the hospital. "The facility agrees to provide quality care in a safe environment and we agree to pay for that care. If there's a deficiency than the survey If it was not corrected and it was severe enough then we could terminate the funding." If violations are found and the hospital does not adequately address them, Millman says that could put Grady's Medicare funding in jeopardy. But Millman says those cases are rare. "Hospitals do want to come into compliance. We have found that."