The flagship hospital of Denver system HealthOne will keep its accreditation for Medicare and Medicaid after HCFA reviewers found it in "substantial compliance" with agency regulations.
HCFA said it will monitor 558-bed Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center through March to ensure the hospital corrects other failings identified in a lengthy review (July 31, p. 8). Three patients died at the hospital because of medical errors or equipment failure in recent months (May 29, p. 14).
Those events also drew the scrutiny of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, which is scheduled to review its accreditation of Presbyterian-St. Luke's in October. The hospital received accreditation with recommendations for improvement in its last full review by the Joint Commission in 1993.
Medicare and Medicaid account for about $200 million of Presbyterian-St. Luke's annual revenues of $350 million.
The HCFA review identified shortcomings in four areas: governance, quality assurance, nursing services and radiology. For example, the agency found instances in which the wrong nutrient or medication was administered to newborns. Other problems included a failure to meet fire codes and inadequate sanitation of operating rooms.