Renaissance Hospital Terrell Shuts Down Due to Patient Safety Failures

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CMS has halted funding for Renaissance Hospital Terrell (Texas), which was ordered to shut down Feb. 12 by the Texas Department of State Health Services due to patient safety failures, according to a WFAA report.

A DSHS investigation found that gaps in patient safety at the 100-bed hospital led to at least two deaths. Patient safety failures included the following, according to the report:


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•    No anesthesia follow-up in multiple cases
•    No infection and communicable disease program
•    No laboratory director
•    No organized nursing service
•    No chief nursing officer
•    Failure to provide a sanitary environment, including failure to sterilize surgical instruments

CMS has revoked funding for hospitals over patient safety failures only nine times since 2009, and Renaissance Hospital Terrell is also only the second hospital in Texas to be shut down for safety reasons since 2007, according to the report.

In addition, the hospital owed more than $440,000 in back property taxes to Kaufman County, causing the county to seize the property, according to WFAA. The City of Terrell, which owns the land and building, leased the property to RH Terrell Management in 2008 to operate the hospital, according to a report by inForney.com. After reports of patient safety and tax issues, the city ended the lease with the management company, according to inForney.com.

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