Local mental hospital improving?

GOLDSBORO Inspectors said Wednesday they recommended that Cherry Hospital be certified to receive Medicare and Medicaid funds.

Officials also said the hospital was in full compliance with clinical standards.

Cherry Hospital had been under fire since a video was released that showed a 50-year-old dying patient was largely ignored by staff members. Three workers were fired and others were disciplined.

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The federal government later stopped its insurance payments to the facility in September 2008, because it said conditions were dangerous for patients.

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