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Rawson-Neal Hospital keeps its accreditation for now

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Updated: 6/06/2013 11:07 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews 3) -- The Las Vegas mental hospital caught up in controversy will not lose its accreditation -- at least for now. News 3's Marissa Mike has learned that Rawson-Neal hospital is not out of the woods yet.

State health officials say they're just midway through the evaluation by a National commission that rates hospitals.

State health officials say the sky may be starting to clear for troubled Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital. The latest news being the hospital is keeping its accreditation from a national organization - the joint commission -- at least for now -- avoiding a preliminary denial.

Nevada state health officer Dr. Tracey Green explains.

"I wouldnt say we are relieved as yet," Green said. "This is an interium process in what has been a long investigation process but it does say we are moving in the right direction."

Rawson-Neal is making a series of changes after receiving a list of deficiencies from the joing commission and the federal authorities.

They swooped in after stories surfaced the hospital was putting mental patients on busses with no help waiting on the other end.

Some people called this "Greyhound Therapy."

Now the hospital has to do a better job discharging patients and recording how they do it.

State health officials denied the improper bussing was a pattern said it was not a widespread practice but two hospital workers got fired and others were disciplined.

Green says mistakes were made in the past, but she's optimistic for the future despite bumps in the road.

"Our hope is always as we keep getting further inspection that we can ultimately at the end of all of this just improve the services that we're delivering to the clients," Green said.

Green says she also looks forward to using $4 million of next year's state budget to improve conditions at Rawson-Neal Hospital.

In the end, she says it's all about providing the best care for Nevada’s mental health patients.

State health officials say the joint commission officials will be back on site within the next few months to see if the hospital is in full compliance.

The joint commission says they are not commenting on the survey because their findings are under review and the organization's decision is not final.



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