SCRANTON -- A complaint about the lack of nurses is what prompted a state Department of Health investigation into Regional Hospital of Scranton.
Commonwealth Health, which runs the hospital, issued a statement Tuesday that says the hospital has implemented more thorough documentation of nurse staffing and says Commonwealth is always looking for new nurses to join the hospital.
"Administration, members of the medical staff and our board of trustees are engaged in supporting Regional Hospital of Scranton’s commitment to patients.
"Providing safe, quality care is our highest priority and we take the appropriate actions to fulfill this commitment to every patient who comes to our hospital.
"We disagree with the survey’s findings and conclusions and are engaged in discussions with the Pennsylvania Department of Health. While we await the outcome of those discussions, we are following the established survey process by submitting our plan of correction which has subsequently been approved by the state.
"Staffing of our hospital is based on the number and acuity of patients in our care. Each year, thousands of people benefit from the quality, compassionate care provided by our nurses and other hospital associates. In response to the state survey, we have implemented more thorough documentation of our nurse staffing which is adjusted based on the number and acuity of patients in our care. We are very proud of our nurses and other caregivers.
"We have a dedicated coordinator leading our efforts to recruit nurses including developing and participating in recruitment events such as the recent hospital job fair. Nursing is a great profession and we have redefined our career ladders to enhance staff development and professionalism. We are always looking for new nurses to join our hospital.
"Maintaining a safe environment of care is one of our highest priorities and repairs and purchases are being made to address findings in the report. Investments in facility updates and equipment to support services needed by the community are ongoing.
Regional Hospital of Scranton is accredited by The Joint Commission having completed the stringent review process in May 2014."
-- Commonwealth Health statement