Vermont State Hospital Update Statement by Health Commissioner Dr. Paul Jarris

DATE: November 18, 2004

CONTACT: Communication Office

On Tuesday, November 16, the Department of Health received the report of the survey conducted by the federal Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that took place October 19 to 21.

The federal surveyors reported that the Vermont State Hospital meets all of the Conditions of Participation. State Licensing and Protection surveyors are at the hospital this week performing their related survey.

We are very pleased with this progress. It is a tribute to the hard work of the staff and leadership at the hospital.

The report found no major deficiencies. It did note a small number of deficiencies in which chart standards were not met and the hospital continues to work on improving in this area.

Recertification remains on track for late November or early December.