Greater Southeast Community Hospital -- a critical component of the District of Columbia's indigent-care system -- could lose its accreditation after a surprise inspection by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations determined that the hospital had not adequately addressed quality issues. The JCAHO is expected to review the matter March 19. Inspectors earlier this month found problems with building maintenance, leadership, planning and quality control at the 303-bed hospital, owned by Doctors Community HealthCare Corp., Scottsdale, Ariz. Doctors Community declared bankruptcy late last year after the collapse of its chief lender, National Century Financial Enterprises. With the troubles at Greater Southeast, the future of the district's indigent-care system is under debate. -- by Tony Fong
JCAHO may revoke D.C. hospital's accreditation
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