Immediate Jeopardy Deficiencies Found at Second Dallas Hospital

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media , August 31, 2011

In a response posted on the Methodist Health System's website, officials at Methodist Dallas Medical Center said "a special task force of Methodist Dallas clinicians and administrators is in the process of a thorough review of all the survey recommendations and will address each one in detail in our CMS response plan. We are committed to correct the findings identified by CMS -- and to do so as quickly and thoroughly as possible."

The statement attributes the deficiencies to "increased volume and space limitations in our emergency department. The ED has outgrown its current space, and we realize there are places that are not as private as we would like." On August 23 the medical center announced a $108 million expansion to its emergency, critical care, and surgery departments.

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According to the statement, MDMC has already addressed the majority of the issues cited in the survey, including policy and procedure updates related to the emergency department.

CMS has advised the medical center that its action plan will be reviewed and that the facility will be subject to a second survey before September 19.

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Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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