Springfield, Mo - (9/8/17) Mercy Hospital Springfield was notified that its medicare agreement would terminate after a complaint investigation, according to a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In a statement given to FOX 5, the investigation "resulted in a determination of immediate jeopardy to the health and safety of patients" at the hospital.
The facility has been told its medicare agreement will be terminated on September 22, 2017 if the condition-level deficiencies are not corrected.
The spokesperson said, "We cannot release any specifics about the current survey investigation at this time as according to our federal regulations there hasn’t been sufficient time for the hospital to respond. CMS and the Missouri State Survey Agency are working together to ensure the safety of all patients in this hospital."
Mercy released this statement Friday:
We have been working closely with regulators to secure their input and support for our plan of action, which includes training on de-escalation as well as prevention of abuse and neglect of patients, while also providing a safe environment for our co-workers. Also, in accordance with our key value of dignity, our Mission services department is leading training sessions that focus on our call to cherish everyone as created in the image of God.
Mercy has zero tolerance for abuse or neglect of patients. We are working diligently to maintain an environment where everyone is welcomed and receives compassionate care.
This comes after 12 Mercy employees were fired recently due to patient care that was not up to the facility's standards.