Operations Overhaul at State Psychiatric Hospitals 9/30/13
AUSTIN, Texas - State leaders are overhauling operations at the 10
psychiatric facilities in Texas, including regularly inspecting how well doctors
are performing and revamping the way they identify and solve problems.
The move comes five months after federal regulators blamed Terrell State
Hospital for the death of a patient. Officials also they have tackled major
deficiencies identified during two federal investigations at that hospital, such
as substandard nursing care and filthy conditions.
The state has not addressed the lack of independent oversight in the way the
hospitals review the death of a patient, but that might happen in the future.
Carrie Williams, spokeswoman for the Department of State Health Services,
tells the Austin American-Statesman that state administrators are exploring ways
to bring independent scrutiny to hospital death reviews.