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Patient Death Prompted Probe of Franklin County Hospital

Posted April 16, 2008

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— A recent report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows several "failings" in the treatment of a patient last December at Franklin Regional Medical Center.

That patient later died, prompting the federal agency to investigate Franklin County's only hospital.

Last month, CMS S accepted a corrective plan of action from the hospital, which kept it from losing its eligibility to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

There were several problems with its governance, medical staff, nursing services and laboratory services.

Beyond those general areas of concern, neither the CMS nor Franklin Regional will say what the problems were.

In a joint statement released Wednesday, Franklin Regional Chief Executive Officer Mike McNair and Chief of Staff J. Gabriel Martinez said the hospital is "committed to building a healthy future with the residents of Franklin County."

"As a result of the CMS report, we have taken several steps, including staff and physician education, process redesign and revisions to policies and procedures," the statement said.

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  • healthnut17 Apr 17, 2008

    For those of you that haven't read the Franklin Times, a doctor was performing surgeries at FRMC that are not being done ANYWHERE IN THIS COUNTRY! Experimental surgeries should be done at Duke or UNC not some poe dunk place like FRMC. It was just a matter of time before the truth came out about that disgusting hospital! I wonder how many people have actually died there and it was covered up?

    TO THE STATE BOARD DECIDING ON MOVING THE HOSPITAL: YOU HAVE TO BE AN IDIOT TO APPROVE THIS HOSPITAL TO MOVE - IT CAN'T OPERATE UNDER THE STANDARDS IN LOUISBURG IT SURE AS HECK NOT GOING TO IN YOUNGSVILLE. I LIVE IN YOUNGSVILLE AND I DON'T WANT THAT HOSPITAL ASSOCIATED WITH THE TOWN I LIVE IN!!!!

  • neutral observer Apr 17, 2008

    for better or worse, you may want to rethink that. Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Bojangles, waffle house and Walgreens are building in Louisburg for a reason. These companies have done extensive research of future demographics and have determined that Louisburg will explode with growth. Walmart did not scale back its plans for the Louisburg store as it has others. It is also rumored that Lowes building supply is on its way and another large business is interested in the exsisting Walmart location. Let FRMC go, lets bring in a real hospital called WAKE MED!. Louisburg college and FRMC are just a small piece of the pie.

  • ninner Apr 17, 2008

    To get the entire story you really need to read the Franklin Times.

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Apr 17, 2008

    Franklin Regional Chief Executive Officer Mike McNair and Chief of Staff J. Gabriel Martinez said the hospital is "committed to building a healthy future with the residents of Franklin County."

    Those kinds of statements are a dime a dozen. Looks good on paper but is it for real? It doesn't appear to be so. My wife was an inpatient there several months ago and received a warm reception in the way of a flower in a vase. Opening the card was another story. It was an invitation to come to the finance office and bring lots of cash. The card read, "for continued care, please see the cashier." We were touched. On another occasion, my daughter thought she had miscarried. I took her to their ED and after some routine bloodwork and 2 liters of IV fluids, she was discharged and told to follow-up with her OBGYN as soon as she could. We were provided no information regarding the condition of the fetus or otherwise. To top it all off, the ED physician provided no reassurance one way or the other.

  • Arkansas Razorback Apr 17, 2008

    My husband was transported to FRMC for kidney stones. They were wonderful. We were in and out in less than 2 hours. I guess everyone is scared to go there.

  • Meandmytwo Apr 17, 2008

    I would not want to be a patient in this hospital nor any of my loved ones. Please take me to Pitt, Chapel Hill or Duke.

  • common_sense_plz Apr 17, 2008

    This kind of lack of treatment, has been going on for years at this hospital. If many of the families of the patients who have passed away at this hospital could have those deaths reviewed I am sure many would find that many of those deaths did not have to occure, and that the reason for the deaths were due to the lack of professional medical care. I am glad to see that someone finally brought this hospital, and its staff into question. I am sorry that it was because of the death of someone, who apparently did not have to die. The hospital and staff are not even close to 2nd rate. If you value your life, do not go to this hospital.

  • For-Better-Or-Worse Apr 17, 2008

    I am well aware that they are separated entities. If the hospital looses its government money (Medicare and Medicaid) or moves to Youngsville and the college looses its accreditation (effectively shutting it down) then there will not be a town. Both are large employers for the area and the tax money from those institutions will be greatly missed. Louisburg will just become another dying town in North Carolina.

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Apr 17, 2008

    Franklin Regional is not the only hospital to make this mistake. My father died at Raleigh Community Hospital because the Doctor did not give him proper treatment. Per medical experts reviewing his autopsy he would still be alive today if he was treated in a proper and in a timely manner. No lawsuit was filed.

  • neutral observer Apr 17, 2008

    For better or worse, the college and hospital are totally seperate enities from the town. The city of Louisburg is very sound. In the aftermath of hurricane Fran, many Wake couty residents came to Louisburg for relief. The towns electrical team had the power up and going within three days. The Louisburg Police dept. is as professional as any in the state. Louisburg is a great place to live!

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