Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., will appeal a state regulator's decision denying a certificate of need to its proposed $4.8 million emergency department expansion, according to a statement (PDF) from the system.
Wake Forest to appeal CON denial
The North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation turned down the proposal because of an incident at the system’s Brenner Children’s Hospital that put the system at risk of exclusion from Medicare, according to the division’s findings (PDF). The system announced (PDF) in late April that the CMS has removed its finding of immediate jeopardy in the case, in which a 2-year-old patient was attacked by an immediate family member. The CMS is expected to determine by June 30 whether the system has become fully compliant, based on a state inspection, according to the April statement.
Wake Forest Baptist wants to convert pediatric emergency department rooms into adult emergency treatment rooms and also add a CT scanner, according to the division’s findings. The project meets the State Medical Facilities Plan, according to the findings.
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