Psych Hospital Docked By Accrediting Agency

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada officials say they're disappointed that a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital scrutinized amid allegations of patient dumping has now received a demerit from an accrediting agency.

Nevada health and human services chief Mike Willden said Wednesday that the Joint Commission's decision to give Rawson-Neal hospital a "preliminary denial of accreditation" appears to be based on outdated information.

He says the hospital has changed policies in recent months and the mark isn't an accurate reflection of current conditions.

The Joint Commission's designation indicates there are problems at the facility that could result in a loss of accreditation, but the hospital has an opportunity to appeal the decision.

Joint Commission spokeswoman Elizabeth Eaken Zhani says the designation is based on a site visit from May.

The hospital remains accredited in the meantime.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas psychiatric hospital that came under scrutiny amid allegations of patient dumping has received a demerit from an accrediting organization.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that officials from the Joint Commission have given Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital a preliminary denial of accreditation.

The designation that was posted this week means there's a problem at the facility that could result in a loss of accreditation, but the hospital has an opportunity to appeal the decision.

Officials with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Rawson-Neal has been taking heat since The Sacramento Bee first published the story of James Brown, who had been discharged from the hospital to a Greyhound Bus and ended up disoriented in Sacramento in February.


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