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Stroger Hospital answers inspection report.

Friday, June 29, 2007
Daily Southtown
by Jonathan Lipman

Stroger Hospital officials on Thursday released their response to 16 citations issued to the hospital by the Joint Commission, the nation’s largest accreditation agency for hospitals.

In all cases, no patients were harmed or endangered by the citations, and corrective action to increase training would be taken, county health officials said.

In perhaps the most dangerous citation, commission inspectors found that the hospital was not checking to see that some medical staff, including pharmacists, still were licensed. The hospital said it has changed the system and “no instances of invalid or expired licenses were found.”

The hospital, which is the centerpiece of the embattled Cook County public health system, has “conditional accreditation” until a reinspection in four to six months.



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