Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Washington, will retain its operating license but at a lessened capacity after the hospital corrected deficiencies in emergency care, fire safety, physician supervision, quality assurance and staffing. The District of Columbia Health Department limited the 303-bed hospital's inpatient capacity to 150 and said it would continue to monitor quality of care at the hospital. Greater Southeast, the primary provider of indigent care in the area, had been operating under probation since August, when the hospital and city reached an agreement that would keep the hospital open as long as it made progress in meeting criteria established by the health department. Health inspectors earlier had determined that at least six preventable deaths had occurred at the facility. -- by Patrick Reilly
D.C. hospital keeps license but with fewer beds
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