- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A St. Cloud hospital where a violent suspect killed a sheriff’s deputy was removed from “immediate jeopardy” status on Friday, the hospital said in a news release.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had earlier placed St. Cloud Hospital on immediate jeopardy status, meaning that did not comply with the agency’s requirements, placing its residents in danger. The hospital was given until Nov. 19 to correct policies or lose its Medicare status, the St. Cloud Times reported (https://on.sctimes.com/1kwFTYx ).

But on Friday, the hospital said the Minnesota Health Department accepted some changes the hospital has made, and moved it to “condition-level noncompliance” status as a participant in the federal Medicare program, the newspaper reported.

“We were confident that this matter would be resolved quickly and are extremely pleased with this outcome,” hospital president Craig Broman said in a news release.

A spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health did not return a phone message to The Associated Press on Friday evening.

On Oct. 18, Danny Hammond wrestled a gun from Aitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Sandberg and fatally shot him. Hammond was suspected of attacking his wife and was a patient. Hammond later died at the hospital.

The hospital is operated by CentraCare Health.

CentraCare President Ken Holmen wrote in a letter Monday to CentraCare governing bodies that the health system had “initiated some changes in our interface with law enforcement” in management of violent patients. He wrote that the issue is coming up elsewhere.

“If we step back from this incident to look at this issue more broadly, keeping a safe environment while caring for aggressive patients is a growing state and national concern,” he wrote. “We are proud of the leadership role CentraCare has played in Minnesota in addressing this issue.”

The survey of the hospital was conducted last week by the Minnesota Department of Health on behalf of the federal agency. Elizabeth Schinderle, a spokeswoman for the federal agency, said a report from the review will be made available next week.


Information from: St. Cloud Times, https://www.sctimes.com

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