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DHHS investigating care at Cape Fear Valley

Posted December 1, 2011

— A week after a man died after being discharged from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, state officials are investigating patient care at the hospital.

Adarrin Washington, 30, died on Nov. 22 on his way home after the hospital discharged him against his will, according to his family. He had non-Hodgkins lymphoma and had spent eight days at Cape Fear Valley before being sent home.

Washington's family raised questions this week about the hospital's handling of his case, and the state Department of Health and Human Services and the Joint Commission, a nonprofit group that accredits and certifies thousands of hospitals nationwide, began investigating.

Adarrin Washington, died after leaving Cape Fear Valley Probe of Cape Fear Valley follows man's death

Because of patient privacy laws, state officials declined to say whether their probe has anything to do with Washington's death

Hospital officials also cited privacy laws in declining to comment Thursday on the investigations.

DHHS spokesman Jim Jones said surveyors visited Cape Fear Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday to assess the quality of care at the hospital. The move is take a broad look and not to "laser in on one incident," he said.

State regulators will forward their findings to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, which funds the hospital's Medicare claims.

In October, CMS threatened to withhold funding from Cape Fear Valley after the April death of a schizophrenic man who was put in a choke hold by security officers. Hospital officials said last month that they had addressed concerns raised by CMS.



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  • kermit60 Dec 5, 2011

    the hospital spent millions on a new ER, remodeling and seems to be adding something new every year. However the care provided there is no faster or better than years ago. Some may say it has actually gotten worse. It is a hospital and people die there but if the death was preventable or was a result of improper or sub-standard care then someone should be held accountable in a criminal court. I wonder how many people died unnecessarily that we don't know about.

  • loprestw Dec 5, 2011

    Don't be quick to judge CFVMC, that palce is overwelmed with patients with tooth aches and colds to gun shot victims. And the majority are medicaid young adults in their 20's. We all know these patients never have any intentions on paying anything and they do abuse the system. Medicaid only pays a small portion which thanks to Perdue is coming out of the education lottery.So what is the hospital to do, provide top medical care with no money?

  • Calvin Dec 2, 2011

    Anything more than a cold and I would rather go to a Triangle hospital.

  • Diabolical Dec 2, 2011

    Can't wait to see what the end results are... OMG kids section they are very horrible. When I went there in the adult section, they were nice to me. But that was years ago, maybe they just need a re-vamp on workers.

  • renkengrl Dec 2, 2011

    I Live in Wake County In Willow Springs, and I go to fayetteville frequently. If I had an emergency and need medical attention I would ask to be transferred to anywhere else. I dont care if I have to refuse the ride and find my own way..

  • bgcoving Dec 2, 2011

    Was this not a viable concern in April??? It was addressed? How was it addressed? What, do they have to wait for some another preventable patient death to occur before they do a real investigation? Let's see where this goes. I bet not far. What has to happen in order for them to get some reform? -- faeriegurl65

    This is a private, for profit hospital. The man's insurance probably ran out. As always, the issue isn't with the hospital, it's with the insurance carrier. Insurance companies will only pay so much....for them to pay more would cut into their profits. Cut into the insurance companys' profits, they raise the rates. More people drop out because they can't afford to pay, they just raise the rates again. It's all about the insurance profits, that's the bottom line. And BTW, who do you think is orchestrating the repeal of 'Obamacare'? Surprise, surprise!

  • Scubagirl Dec 2, 2011

    I am glad this is being investigated. Hospitals are very quick to discharge folks, especially those w/ no insurance (don't know if this guy had it or not). Had they listened to the patient who did not want to be sent home, maybe he'd be alive today. Sometimes patients do know somethings not right with them but they aren't listened to.

    condolences to this mans family.

  • johntww Dec 2, 2011

    They sent my mother home with ESBL and she died a week later. They didn't even tell us she still had the infection. We found the paperwork stuck in her hospital papers. She went in the hospital for pnemonia.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 2, 2011

    Nothing will change until they shake up management and level supervisors.

  • faeriegurl65 Dec 2, 2011

    "In October, CMS threatened to withhold funding from Cape Fear Valley after the April death of a schizophrenic man who was put in a choke hold by security officers. Hospital officials said last month that they had addressed concerns raised by CMS."

    Was this not a viable concern in April??? It was addressed? How was it addressed? What, do they have to wait for some another preventable patient death to occur before they do a real investigation? Let's see where this goes. I bet not far. What has to happen in order for them to get some reform? The possibilites are scarey to say the least. Sad news for the people of Cumberland and surrounding counties, just plain sad.

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