Houston hospital where patient shot faces possible closure


HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston hospital where off-duty police working security shot an unruly patient could close amid loss of government funding.

The Houston Chronicle reports St. Joseph Medical Center faces termination of government programs for the elderly and the poor Dec. 3.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Friday notified St. Joseph for being out of compliance with regulations for nearly six months. The agency says patients were in "immediate jeopardy" following the August shooting of an unarmed patient, who survived.

St. Joseph CEO Mark Bernard on Monday told staff that efforts continue to keep Houston's oldest hospital open. Bernard says hospital leaders are working with CMS and the Texas health officials to demonstrate a commitment to quality and safety and to excellent patient care.

St. Joseph opened in 1887.



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