State regulators ordered 43-bed Puget Sound Behavioral Health, Tacoma, Wash., to temporarily shut down after an inspection found severe medical and administrative staffing shortages, with many shifts having no nursing supervision. The county-owned psychiatric hospital stopped admitting new patients and must transfer its 29 patients to other hospitals by Jan. 20 under the state order. The hospital could have its license permanently revoked if it fails to correct the problems by Jan. 20. Puget Sound Behavioral, operated by Pierce County Regional Support Network, has seen its staff dwindle recently as it works to convert from a psychiatric hospital to a residential treatment center, hospital administrator Fran Lewis said. Lewis said she was optimistic the hospital would be able to work out a compliance plan allowing it to reopen and begin admitting new patients soon. Pierce County acquired the hospital in August 2000 from bankrupt New American Healthcare Corp., Nashville. -- by Laura B. Benko
Temporary closure ordered for Wash. psych hospital
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