Gouverneur, NY, Oct 26, 2012 — After a month of forced closure, the DOH sent out the following press release Friday evening. NCPR will be following up over the weekend, and will have more Monday during the 8 O'Clock Hour.
Statement on E.J. Noble:
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 26, 2012) -- On September 28, 2012, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued Commissioner's Orders for Summary Action suspending the operations of both the E.J. Noble Hospital and its clinical laboratory after serious deficiencies in the hospital's laboratory services were identified that posed imminent risk to patient health and safety.
Since the orders were issued, DOH, has been working closely with E.J. Noble administrators and staff to correct deficiencies identified in the laboratory. Samaritan Hospital has also provided valuable guidance and assistance to E.J. Noble to ensure that laboratory services meet all State requirements.
A recent on-site survey of the laboratory indicates that the laboratory has made significant progress to correct the deficiencies. Based on these findings, DOH will permit the laboratory to perform a limited menu of tests that will allow the hospital to reopen at 9 a.m., Monday, October 29, 2012.
Due to the limited laboratory testing that will be performed, certain acute medical procedures, including obstetric services and some surgeries, will not be permitted at the hospital at this time. E. J. Noble will be allowed to receive patients from EMS transport, but those needing treatment beyond the limited lab services at the hospital will be stabilized and transported to other facilities.
The Department of Health will continue to monitor lab services and patient safety at E.J. Noble and work with the hospital to address remaining issues related to laboratory services.