In addition to a ban on new patients, Saint Catherine Medical Center may not perform surgeries at its Fountain Springs facility.
A letter provided to the Republican Herald from the state Department of Health stated, "Based on information provided during the investigation, it was determined the facility does not have the proper equipment and supplies to continue to provide surgical services. Until you can provide the department with evidence that the operating room equipment has been properly inspected, there is sufficient equipment and there are adequate supplies, the ban on admissions also applies to your surgical services department and no surgical procedures may be performed unless and until the ban is lifted."
An investigation to determine whether the facility had been adhering to state licensure and federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations prompted the ban on new admissions. The letter also stated that more action could be taken against the hospital.
We will continue to monitor this situation.