|Updated: 9/21/2011 5:01 pm
||Published: 9/21/2011 4:59 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A private consultant group has issued a scathing report on Arkansas State Hospital. The report from Compass Clinical Consulting found the state run hospital "has not been adequately managed for many years—a result of unqualified executives and poor governance practices.
These conditions led to cultural and programmatic deficiencies that resulted in a failure to comply with good hospital management and clinical practice".
At the time of the survey, the report said, "this high number of deficiencies was not surprising to the new management of ASH or the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The CEO and the interim director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services (Governing Body chair) are new to their positions and are well-aware of the seriousness and breadth of the problem. It is our belief that their fresh approach will be an asset in implementing changes."
The report also said, "the staff and current management are committed to bringing the hospital into compliance, with the recognition that this will involve making major changes both operationally and culturally. While change is always difficult in organizations, we are confident that ASH is prepared for the change and will fully cooperate in implementing the corrective action plan."
The Department of Human Services, which runs the hospital, responded to the report by saying they are " in the process of making systemic improvements to the Arkansas State Hospital (ASH) to ensure patients receive quality care and employees know that they are valued members of the hospital team. Many changes are already in place. Most importantly, effective leaders are now in place to guide these improvements. "
Back in June the chief of the Arkansas State Hospital and a division director were fired. The dismissals came after The Department of Human Services said inspectors cited the state hospital for negligence after exposing a patient to an attack by another aggressive patient. That put the hospital in "immediate jeopardy" of losing funding.
The Arkansas State Hospital has approximately 225 beds and is responsible for the care of adolescents and adults with wide ranging mental and developmental disabilities.