An investigation into patient-safety issues at Yakima (Wash.) Regional Medical and Cardiac Center ended without the state taking action against the 226-bed hospital. State health department officials said the hospital corrected all 16 deficiencies identified in a June inspection that was triggered by the resignation of the hospital's eight emergency-room physicians citing patient-safety issues. Thirteen deficiencies involved the laboratory. Last week, Yakima Regional's parent, Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla., named a new chief executive officer for the hospital -- Jay Finnegan, formerly CEO of Central Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson -- and transferred former CEO Tim Trottier to a hospital in Mississippi. At deadline, the name of the hospital was unavailable. Trottier was the subject of a no-confidence vote in July by the group representing Yakima Regional's medical staff. -- by Laura B. Benko
Wash. hospital clears probe, replaces embattled CEO
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