Florida authorities moved to permanently revoke the license of 30-bed Gulf Pines Hospital, Port Saint Joe, charging in an administrative complaint that the financially troubled hospital failed to follow infection-control and sanitation policies; violated patient privacy; and operated without proving it had adequate liability coverage since July 2004. Hospital officials have 21 days to request an administrative hearing on the complaint by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration. The agency ordered an emergency suspension of the Gulf Pines' license March 2, having previously suspended elective admissions there following the resignations of the hospital's chief executive officer, medical director, nursing director and respiratory therapist. The departures left Gulf Pines with three doctors. At deadline, hospital and agency representatives could not be reached for comment. -- by Melanie Evans
Florida seeks to revoke hospital's license
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