Investigation finds 10 deficiencies at Florida hospital that forcibly removed patient in December

The Agency for Health Care Administration completed its investigation Thursday into Calhoun Liberty Hospital in Blountstown, Fla., which made headlines in December when a police dash-cam captured audio and video of a 57-year-old woman being arrested and forcibly removed from the facility by police. That woman later died.

The AHCA investigation uncovered 10 deficiencies at Calhoun Liberty, including issues with its patient rights and care, emergency services, risk management program and patient grievance analysis.

AHCA Secretary Elizabeth Dudek released a statement on the report, saying "Our agency found the deficiencies at Calhoun-Liberty Hospital so egregious that the facility will be fined and is required to submit a plan of correction by Feb. 19, 2016. If the facility fails to correct their deficiencies by March 1, they will be suspended from participation in the Medicaid program. Our Agency takes very seriously our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all patients and to hold any healthcare facility that fails to do so accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

The agency will also conduct a follow-up survey at the hospital to ensure the identified deficiencies have been corrected and the hospital has adhered to the directives identified in the plan of correction.

Calhoun Liberty Hospital could not be reached for comment regarding the report findings.

To access the AHCA's full report, click here.

 

 

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