UnityPoint Meriter: Violations corrected at Madison facilities

Published: Jun. 6, 2018 at 6:28 PM CDT
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UnityPoint Meriter received preliminary notification that all violations found during a previous inspection have been corrected.

A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) survey of the hospital was done in February after a nurse in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was accused of abusing 5 infants.

A follow-up CMS survey in March found 30 violations.The inspection found items were not properly secured to prevent self-harm for psychiatry patients. Staff also did not properly document the use of soft restraints on patients after the restraints were used. Investigators also reported medication was not properly secured.

A follow-up investigation was completed May 10 showing a plan of correction by Meriter was completed. A few building code violations remained, but according to the report, Meriter ordered the parts needed to correct the issues.

On Wednesday Leah Huibregtse, a spokeswoman for Meriter said a CMS surveyor visited Meriter on Tuesday morning to verify the completion of the remaining corrections.Huibregtse said they received preliminary notification that all corrections have been satisfactorily completed.

"CMS will need to officially confirm the corrections and, once it does so, any concern regarding Medicaid and Medicare payments will be removed," said Huibregtse. "We continue to be focused on nurturing and protecting the health of all our patients and delivering the high-quality care."