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Move to Central Regional delayed again

Posted July 14, 2008

— Patients and staff from John Umstead Hospital in Butner were expected to begin heir move to the state's new Central Regional Hospital Monday, but the move has been delayed.

Tom Lawrence, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said the delay is because the DHHS is working on a report to Gov. Mike Easley that budget legislation requires stating that the hospital will provide a safe and secure environment for patients and staff.

The transition could be delayed at least a week, Lawrence said.

The moves of Umstead and Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh have been delayed several times to hire more staff and provide proper training, as well as to address construction and safety issues with the new facility.

Dix patients are scheduled to move when the Umstead move is complete. Both hospitals are expected to close when the transition is complete.


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  • StarGazerNC Jul 14, 2008

    Central Regional Hospital is near John Umstead Hospital, which will close. Both arae located in Butner.

    Please provide a timeline from DHHS Secretary on exactly when the transfers from JUH and Dix will occur based on this new information.


  • Free at Last Jul 14, 2008

    Where is Central regional?

  • whocares Jul 14, 2008

    Why don't they just close the new hospital and keep the patients in the run down conditions that they are in now.

  • Vincenzo R. Abacus Jul 14, 2008

    Whomever was in charge of the design, construction, and transition plans for this hospital needs to be fired. I think we're well past a comedy of errors and firmly into tragedy territory here.