NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The Tennessee Board of Licensing Health Care Facilities has given a new trauma unit at Nashville’s TriStar Skyline Medical Center a second chance despite failing its first-year test.
The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1EY8Z5v ) the board has agreed to extend the unit’s provisional status for one year. The hospital must first submit a corrective action plan within two months of the board’s May 6 decision.
In April, state inspectors conducted a review and found that a number of patients with traumatic brain injuries with a high probability for survival had died in Skyline’s emergency room.
TriStar Health chief medical officer Dr. Jeff Guy says many of those patients had preexisting conditions. He also says Skyline’s trauma mortality rate is 2.87 percent, significantly better than the state rate of 4.3 percent.