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January 03, 2003

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.

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Bancroft NeuroHealth Free of Life Safety Violations


Bancroft NeuroHealth, a residential facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, is free of life safety violations and is progressing well toward compliance with regulatory standards, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) announced today.

On December 18, 2002, The Department of Health and Senior Services issued a January 2, 2003 deadline for the facility to make improvements regarding critical deficiencies discovered during initial and follow-up inspections conducted over 2002 by the Department of Human Services.

A plan of corrective action was requested by the Department of Human Services based on the original survey and subsequent follow-up visits. Despite Bancroft's efforts and some improvements, as of December 18, 2002, the facility continued to be out of compliance with Department of Human Services regulations.

In response to persisting violations, DHSS set the January 2 deadline for Bancroft to make substantial improvements or face possible receivership. Following weeks of monitoring and an intensive survey yesterday by an inspection team from DHSS and Department of Human Services (DHS), which included two physicians, a pharmacist and two registered nurses, it was concluded that sufficient improvement had occurred and pursuing receivership was not warranted.

During yesterday's survey, Bancroft NeuroHealth was found to have made significant programmatic and physical plant improvements at its Haddonfield facility. A three-week on-site review of the facility will continue to assist Bancroft in its compliance efforts.

"Bancroft NeuroHealth has been successful in its performance improvement efforts," said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. "Patient safety issues have been addressed and other less critical deficiencies are being addressed appropriately. The Departments of Health and Senior Services and Human Services will continue to interact with Bancroft leadership and staff to provide guidance and advice and to monitor performance and quality. Bancroft is receptive, open to change and dedicated to a culture of quality and safety."

"We are encouraged by what we have seen," said Department of Human Services Commissioner Gwendolyn Harris. "Bancroft is cooperating and willing to make improvements. We are hopeful that they are on the right track and will be in compliance with the standards by the end of the survey period."

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