Peninsula Hospital Was Aware of Poor Quality in Lab

Peninsula Hospital in Faraway Rock, N.Y., was aware of substandard quality in its laboratory as recently as December, according to a Crain's New York Business report.

According to the report, an outside company was hired to assess Peninsula's laboratory services at the end of 2011. The unnamed company soon after published its findings in a report, which highlighted a lack of a quality manager, quality manual and inventory control, among other shortfalls. The company concluded in the report that the hospital's laboratory could be shut down if it were subject to a state inspection at that time, according to the report.

 



Although that report was issued late last year, the New York State Department of Health suspended Peninsula's laboratory last week. In addition to the laboratory shut down, the department ordered the hospital to stop admitting new patients, cancel all surgeries and procedures, suspend any activities that depend upon laboratory services and develop a plan to transfer inpatients to other facilities.

Peninsula officials filed court documents last weekend showing the hospital apparently partnered with management group Analytical Diagnostic Labs to takeover lab operations. However, the state inspection took place before the transition was complete.

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