CMS inspection leads Grady Memorial to temporarily shut down its ORs

Grady Memorial Hospital in Chickasha, Okla., has temporarily closed its operating rooms after CMS inspected the facility and found increased humidity in one of the hospital's air conditioning units.

The closure affects general and orthopedic surgery, labor and delivery and gastrointestinal endoscopy, according to the hospital. Administrators are working with hospitals in the surrounding area to provide such services for Grady Memorial patients.

According to a News9 report, the hospital experienced increased humidity in its central sterilization room. Grady Memorial tried using portable dehumidifiers to remedy the situation, which did not meet standards.

In addition to replacing the air conditioning unit that serves the surgical area, the hospital is making additional changes to the ceiling and equipment in the ORs, according to the hospital. Officials are working with CMS to make sure necessary changes are made before reopening its ORs upon state approval.

"Grady Memorial Hospital remains committed to providing the highest quality and safety healthcare," said Kean Spellman, the hospital's CEO. "We are dedicated to keeping the community informed and updated on our progress."

News9 reported that the ORs could be closed anywhere from four to six weeks.

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