Vegas psych hospital docked by accrediting agency

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Updated: 7/24/2013 1:15 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas psychiatric hospital that came under scrutiny amid allegations of patient dumping has received a demerit from an accrediting organization.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports ( ) that officials from the Joint Commission have given Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital a preliminary denial of accreditation.

The designation that was posted this week means there's a problem at the facility that could result in a loss of accreditation, but the hospital has an opportunity to appeal the decision.

Officials with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Rawson-Neal has been taking heat since The Sacramento Bee first published the story of James Brown, who had been discharged from the hospital to a Greyhound Bus and ended up disoriented in Sacramento in March.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,


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