JCHC To Appeal Department of Health Inspection Findings

JCHC Administrator Sandy Ward
JCHC Administrator Sandy Ward

At the Johnson County Healthcare Center Board meeting Wednesday night, Administrator Sandy Ward reported that the recent inspection of the new lab and radiology departments had turned up a few points that the Department of Health wants corrected before they approve the facilities.

Although the findings were minor and won't keep the new areas of the hospital from being used, the DOH will want them corrected with possible extra costs involved for the hospital.

Ward told the board the hospital will appeal the decision.

Some of the issues included a sink located outside a urine-sample bathroom in the lab, which will prevent samples being watered down by the donor. The design was originally approved by the DOH at two previous reviews.

Another issue is the doors in audiology being slightly too narrow for their standards. The hospital believes the doors are not in a critical area where the standards need to be followed.

The appeal was informal and conducted over the phone Thursday morning, and in a follow-up discussion Thursday afternoon, Ward said no decision had been made in the matter.

If the hospital fails to win the appeal, he said they would probably just fix the items in question and move on.

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