Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Washington, will stay open at least temporarily under a consent agreement with the District of Columbia Department of Health. The agreement requires the hospital to take steps to improve patient-care problems by October or lose its license, which already is provisional. Specifics of the agreement will be set forth Aug. 6, after which the hospital has 60 days to comply. District health officials had recommended that the hospital be closed, citing at least six avoidable patient deaths and the hospital's failure to reach quality goals. Greater Southeast, the center of the district's public healthcare system, has struggled for some time, but its problems intensified last fall after the bankruptcy of its parent. The hospital is appealing the revocation of its accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. -- by Tony Fong
D.C. hospital gets 60 days to improve quality
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