State psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal must up­grade fa­cil­ity

Pawtucket Times - - OBITUARIES / REGION -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Rhode Is­land's state psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal has been or­dered to make changes to its fa­cil­ity to keep its ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

The Joint Com­mis­sion, which over­sees med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, is­sued a pre­lim­i­nary ac­cred­i­ta­tion de­nial to Eleanor Slater Hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a tri­en­nial re­view. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased Thurs­day, the re­view team iden­ti­fied po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous fea­tures of the fa­cil­ity.

State Depart­ment of Be­hav­ioral Health­care, De­vel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties and Hos­pi­tals di­rec­tor Re­becca Boss says the ag­ing fa­cil­ity poses a risk to psy­chi­atric pa­tients. The hos­pi­tal is still ac­cred­ited but must ad­dress find­ings from the re­view mov­ing for­ward.

The depart­ment has re­stricted cer­tain ar­eas to pa­tients. In­spec­tors will re­turn to Eleanor Slater within 60 days to re­view re­pairs and ren­o­va­tions.

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