Documents: Hospital put in ‘jeopardy' after alleged sex assault


Feds could stop Medicare, Medicaid payments to Hamlet hospital

HAMLET, N.C. - Documents confirm a hospital in Hamlet was placed on “immediate jeopardy” status because of alleged sexual assault there.
A janitor at Sandhills Regional Medical Center, Thaddus Primus, was accused of sexually assaulting a mental patient.

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Documents said he repeatedly asked her to expose herself to him and then took her into the bathroom and forcibly had sex with her.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services investigated.

Read more:  Feds could stop Medicare, Medicaid payments to Hamlet hospital
It placed the hospital on immediate jeopardy when “staff failed to ensure a safe environment by failing to monitor and supervise behavioral health patients,” according to the documents.
The documents also reveal Primus was investigated back in October 2012.
They show a patient's family complained he had sexually propositioned her and made inappropriate comments to her and another psychiatric patient, including giving her his phone number.
The documents don't show if any action was taken against Primus.
It means if the hospital doesn't make immediate changes, on Sept. 6, the government will stop paying for services for Medicaid and Medicare recipients.
 Hospital officials told Channel 9 they've already made major changes, including letting their CEO go.
They also said they're strengthening patient safety policies and procedures, and that caregivers have gone through additional training.

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