St. Cloud Hospital On 'Immediate Jeopardy' Status

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Nov 4, 2015 at 3:09 pm

St. Cloud, Minn (KNSI) - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has placed the St. Cloud Hospital on what's called 'immediate jeopardy' status.

That determination was made after the Minnesota Department of Health visited the hospital recently to review policies and procedures, some of which are related to the October 18 incident in which a deputy was shot and killed by a patient he was monitoring and the patient died after being tased.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the agreement between the hospital and the Secretary of Health and Human Services as a hospital in the Medicare Program will be terminated on November 19.

St. Cloud Hospital officials say they take this situation very seriously.

"We are required to complete an action plan which we have submitted and are carrying out, in order to ensure that we can continue to be a benificiary of the Medicare and Medicaid program," said Jeanine Nistler, Communications Director for CentraCare Health.

She says the hospital expects to have the issue resolved ahead of the November 19 deadline.

"We really don't expect this to have any impact on Medicaid or Medicare patients, as we will provide care like we always do."

Nistler added that patients, staff and visitors all are safe at St. Cloud Hospital.

"We're considered to be one of the safest facilities in Minnesota, and have been a leader in the handling of aggressive patients and the training of staff to deal with them."

Aitkin County Deputy Steven Sandberg was shot and killed on October 18, when a patient he was monitoring attacked him and took his gun.

The patient, Danny Hammond, was accused of domestic violence and was being treated at the hospital after reportedly attempting suicide.

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