Move of Dix patients on hold indefinitely

October 2, 2008 8:37:54 AM PDT
The state announced Thursday it will place a hold on the transfer of Dorothea Dix patients to Central Regional Hospital.

On Sept. 18, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it would begin the transfer of patients from Dix to Central Hospital.

When the decision was made to begin transferring patients, the DHHS Secretary had to determine if the new hospital was in compliance with conditions of per the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

On Sept. 23-25 CMS visited Central Hospital and questioned if the two hospitals had fully merged its medical staff and regulatory procedures.

CMS determined the hospitals were not fully merged. DHHS is awaiting a final decision about the patient transfer.