Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley, Calif., received formal notification that its accreditation is at risk because of lapses in patient care and record-keeping. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations issued a preliminary denial of accreditation to the not-for-profit hospital last month after a November 2004 inspection found problems with patient consents, medication storage, responses to medication errors, infection-control measures, medical records and pain assessment. Alta Bates, owned by Sutter Health, Sacramento, Calif., plans to appeal the preliminary denial at a May 12 review panel hearing. Another California hospital, Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, saw its accreditation officially stripped by the JCAHO Feb. 1. The JCAHO accredits about 4,600 hospitals nationwide; 13 hospitals have seen their accreditation revoked since 1998, the commission said. -- by Laura B. Benko
Calif. hospital faces loss of JCAHO accreditation
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