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Treatment center under investigation after 2 deaths this year

There are many care facilities in Boston, Massachusetts, including high-quality ones providing world-class care to their fortunate patients. At other care facilities, however, the patients are not so fortunate, and things go so awry that they wind up pursuing legal cases that allege hospital negligence. Sometimes, when care facilities become a matter of concern, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) gets involved.

That happened recently, when the MDPH ordered the suspension of all new admissions to an addiction treatment center. The suspension happened after two patients died there, with a spokesperson for the MDPH saying that patient care and safety concerns are the subject of an ongoing investigation. Because the investigation is ongoing, the MDPH is refraining from further comment until they have findings in the case that they are ready to release to the public. It is known, however, that the first death happened in February, and the second death happened in August.

The suspension only affects new admissions to the center, which is being allowed to continue to operate despite the deaths, and continues to treat patients. The center is based in the former Hun Hospital, which it spent $25 million renovating before opening last January. It is a for-profit treatment center, operated by Recovery Centers of America (RCA), which is based in Pennsylvania and has four other for-profit treatment centers in the country.

An RCA spokesperson said that they are cooperating with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and that the clinic is continuing to treat current patients while hoping that everything gets sorted out so they can admit new patients again. Of course, that will be dependent upon the results of the investigation, which has drawn the attention of community members and the state representative for the Danvers area. That investigation will impact the legal ramifications of what happened at the center.

Source: The Salem News, "State suspends admissions at Danvers drug rehab," Paul Leighton, Aug. 28, 2017

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