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Patient Safety, Other Concerns to be Addressed Following Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital Audit


KALAMAOZO, MI (WKZO) -- A state audit of conditions at the Kalamazoo psychiatric hospital on Oakland Drive has raised serious questions about patient safety and other practices.

The State Auditor General did the three part audit, releasing the results this week, expressing concerns that there have been three-hundred instances of patients harming themselves over the last three years, including one suicide.  They say there have been patient-on-patient assaults that have not been reported to local police as required, and a number of other deficiencies.  The audit offers six recommendations for improvements, including better training for staff, and better supervision for patients.  

At one point, Medicare was threatening to withdraw funding because it did not meet their standards.  The Department of Community Health, which runs the hospital, say they agree with the recommendations, but the Auditor notes that the hospital has had a history of struggling to comply with regulations.