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Rawson-Neal gets demerit from accrediting agency

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An accreditation committee on July 18 voted to change Rawson-Neal status to "preliminary denial of accreditation." (FOX5 file) An accreditation committee on July 18 voted to change Rawson-Neal status to "preliminary denial of accreditation." (FOX5 file)
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Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, at the center of a far-reaching patient dumping scandal, is now in danger of losing accreditation.

The Joint Commission Accreditation Committee on July 18 voted to change the hospital's accreditation status from "accredited" to "preliminary denial of accreditation" following two on-site visits to the facility.

The agency said the move was in response to the hospital "placing patients at risk for a serious adverse outcome due to significant and pervasive patterns, and/or repeat findings."

Rawson-Neal may appeal the denial. If that appeal is denied, the hospital will have one more opportunity for appeal before it is denied accreditation. The process is expected to take between four and six months.

Trouble started at the hospital when allegations surfaced claiming that patients had for years been bussed out of town upon release with no family, friends or other contacts waiting for them.

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