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For Release:
October 03, 2003

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
Commissioner

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Admissions Curtailed at GAMBRO Healthcare-Summit Dialysis Center


 

TRENTON – Concerns for patient safety related to a high rate of infection in patients receiving dialysis prompted the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to stop new admissions to GAMBRO Healthcare-Summit, of Mountainside, an outpatient dialysis center.

To ensure continuity of care, the 84 patients currently receiving dialysis treatment at the facility will be transferred to nearby facilities as soon as possible, but no later than October 10. On that date, the facility has been ordered to cease treatment of all patients.

The action was taken as a result of significant infection control deficiencies found during an inspection conducted by Department staff on October 1 and 2. The facility will not be permitted to treat patients until it has demonstrated to the Department that it is in compliance with Department regulations including safety and quality standards.

“Patient safety and quality of health care provided to New Jersey patients are the highest priorities of the Department of Health and Senior Services,’’ said Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. “We take this responsibility very seriously. The violations found at this facility are egregious and the Department took immediate appropriate action.

 “Because of the importance of continuity of service in dialysis treatment, the Department will ensure that current patients of the facility are transferred to other dialysis facilities. During this transition period, the Department will closely monitor the facility for patient safety,’’ Commissioner Lacy said.

GAMBRO Healthcare-Summit is one of 13 GAMBRO facilities operating in New Jersey. There are 67 licensed outpatient dialysis centers and 28 hospital-based dialysis centers in New Jersey.

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