- Following a re-inspection of Memorial Hospital of Salem County
this afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
has lifted all restrictions placed on the hospital yesterday. As
a result, the hospital may now resume admissions and non-emergency
surgical procedures for both inpatients and outpatients.
Department of Health and Senior Services takes very seriously its
mission of assuring patient access to safe and high-quality health
care," said Acting Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. "After
this morning's meeting with hospital leadership and Assemblyman
John Burzichelli at which we reviewed the facility's remediation
plan - and then following a successful re-inspection today - we
are satisfied with the hospital's comprehensive efforts to correct
Admissions to the facility were halted yesterday as a result of
deficiencies found during department inspections conducted from
February 19 to 21, and a revisit survey conducted on February 26,
2002. Admissions were curtailed as a pro-active measure to allow
the hospital to immediately address identified problem areas. The
hospital was able today to demonstrate to the department's satisfaction
that the deficiencies have been substantially corrected.
department will continue to work with the hospital to ensure that
all deficiencies found during recent inspections are rectified.