Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Washington, already appealing the renunciation of its accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, now is under a closure threat on the recommendation of District of Columbia health inspectors. Citing six patient deaths the inspectors said were preventable, they reiterated a recommendation in a July 18 memo to D.C. Health Department Director James A. Buford to close the hospital. Inspectors originally made the recommendation in March. Buford has not acted on the suggestion. The memo also cites the hospital's failure to reach 17 required quality goals.
The hospital also could lose its JCAHO accreditation for failing to meet the organization's quality standards. A decision is expected in mid-August. Officials at the hospital and its owner, Doctors Community Healthcare Corp., Scottsdale, Ariz., did not return calls seeking comment.
Buford also was not available for comment, but in a written statement, Ron Lewis, chief operating officer for the D.C. Health Department said: "Greater Southeast Community Hospital is working under a provisional license, and they will be the first to know when there is any change in that status. We are working internally, reviewing the information and looking at all recommendations and options." -- by Tony Fong