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Violations pile up at hospital


The N.J. Health Department has found more violations at the Middlesex County Hospital for the Chronically Ill and has given county officials until Monday to indicate how they will be corrected.

A state inspector has notified the Middlesex County Welfare Board, which administers the hospital, that he found no nurses’ call system at the North Brunswick facility; that the 2%
story building doesn’t comply with standards established by the state; that the doors are too narrow and that the sprinkler system is not electronically controlled.

The hospital, at the Routes 1-130 traffic circle, has been undergoing extensive renovations to comply with the state life-safety code and qualify for federal medicaid reimbursement. Part of that change involves reducing the number of patients to about 35 and reclassifying the facility as a nursing home,

The board said it will comply with the request for information on correcting the deficiencies.  In the related construction at the hospital, Freeholder S, Elliott Mayo said the state Department of Institutions and Agencies has granted the board an extension to complete the needed repairs. The new deadline is May 15.

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