Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, will serve a two-year probation with the state Department of Public Health and pay a $250,000 fine as a result of an investigation reportedly spurred by several complaints and the deaths of three children in 2004. Under a consent decree with the health department, the hospital agreed to a series of corrective actions, including hiring a medical-management consulting firm to review communications and process improvements in the emergency and radiology departments. The hospital also was ordered to fund a training program to share with other Connecticut hospitals what's been learned from the mistakes. Larry Gold, Connecticut Children's president and chief executive officer, said in a news release that the hospital accepts the findings and will work closely with the health department to "meet and exceed all of the actions outlined in the agreement." As part of a 90-day review cycle, the health department will conduct another inspection and if the hospital has failed to meet the requirements will refer the facility to the CMS for further review, Gold said. -- by Cinda Becker
Conn. children's hospital on probation after inspection
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