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Do-Or-Die Inspection Underway At Parkland

BJ Austin
Parkland Hospital officials say the surveyors for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be in the hospital 24/7 until the inspection is completed. Officials say inspectors offered no timeline.

Government officials are at Parkland Hospital for a critical review that will determine if the Dallas County public hospital keeps federal funding, which accounts for nearly half of Parkland’s annual budget.

Two years ago, Parkland failed a series of key inspections. Officials said conditions in the emergency room and infection control were threats to patient safety, and there were problems in hundreds of other areas. 

Parkland was placed under federal oversight and ordered to make changes.  They included a shake-up of top management.  Cost of the corrections has topped $70 million.

The surveyors arrived unannounced at Parkland Monday for the wide-ranging inspection.

Parkland officials have expressed confidence the hospital will make the grade.

Former KERA reporter BJ Austin spent more than 25 years in broadcast journalism, anchoring and reporting in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Along the way, she covered Atlanta City Hall, the Georgia Legislature and the corruption trials of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.