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Parkland Passes A Big Test

BJ Austin
Parkland Hospital top management saw a major turnover after the critical CMS inspection two years ago. A search for a new CEO continues.

Parkland Hospital in Dallas has passed a critical federal inspection of mandated patient care and safety improvements.

Two years ago, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found serious problems in several areas of the public hospital. Inspectors said conditions in the emergency department and infection control threatened patient safety.

Parkland agreed to outside monitoring and a lengthy, detailed correction plan.  The hospital was in danger of losing Medicaid and Medicare funding -- about half of its annual budget -- if it failed the final inspection.

David R. Wright, with the federal agency, says Parkland has done the work it needed to do and is "in the best position to have a sustainable culture of patient safety."

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.