State psychiatric hospital must upgrade facility
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.