Federal Report: Rawson-Neal Plagued with Problems

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Updated: 5/08/2013 7:09 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its report on Rawson-Neal psychiatric hospital.

The 49 page report is a rare look inside Rawson-Neal. This all on the heels of numerous reports that say the Las Vegas hospital bussed patients to cities where they had no one to claim them, and they were often left on the streets to fend for themselves.

In the report, federal investigators fault Rawson-Neals discharge procedures stating that the hospital "Failed to ensure the medical staff was accountable ... for the quality of care provided to patients."

Hospital staff has two days to respond to the findings.

We spoke with Mark Merin, Attorney for James Brown, and a homeless schizophrenic man — also known as patient #1—who ended up in Sacramento after being placed on a Greyhound bus from Rawson-Neal.
Merin Tells us he hopes the report leads to change.

“I think that the organizations administration has been skewered because they allowed these rampant violations to occur. We will see what happens.”

We reached out to the Governor’s office for comment on the report’s findings, and were told by a spokesperson:

“As he has been throughout the process, the Governor continues to receive briefings and updates regarding Rawson-Neal. In addition to disciplinary actions, including terminations previously effected, the Governor is confident the plan already under way to address the failure to follow policy will bring Rawson-Neal into compliance. The Governor takes the concerns regarding Rawson-Neal very seriously and as he has stated before, it is important to him and all Nevadans that we treat our most vulnerable members of society with dignity and care.”


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