The health department suspended (PDF) the hospital's clinical laboratory permit for 30 days and ordered additional actions “because the lack of a clinical laboratory at the facility poses a danger and threat to the health of current and future patients,” according to the agency's website. The Health Department ordered the hospital to halt admissions and laboratory-dependent services. Peninsula must also cancel surgeries and other procedures (PDF) under the health department's action.
The hospital's emergency room continues to accept walk-ins, said Sulik. Its radiology, family health center, ophthalmology and dentistry departments also remain open.
“As the hospital complies with the DOH's directive, it is expeditiously developing a plan to remedy the laboratory deficiencies and hopes to restore full services as soon as possible,” according to a statement posted on the hospital's website.