BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) -- Federal inspectors visited the Brattleboro Retreat private psychiatric hospital this week, following up on a series of patient complaints, but they found no basis for further actions on those complaints, a hospital official said.
But the visit was not the much-anticipated unannounced inspection by officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that is needed to ensure the Retreat can continue to receive federal funding.
"We are pleased with the results of this week's review and the work of our employees," Retreat Senior Vice President of Government Relations Peter Albert told the Brattleboro Reformer (http://bit.ly/19HrpdX).
The Retreat is going to be facing the larger inspection after federal inspectors found the hospital was in violation of several federal standards related to patient treatment. That report involved patients who would have been hospitalized at the now closed Vermont State Hospital.
If the hospital fails that inspection, it could lose federal funding.
After the CMS report was issued in May, Brattleboro Retreat President and CEO Rob Simpson said the former State Hospital patients were showing up at the Retreat with much more severe and acute mental health issues than the Retreat staff was accustomed to dealing with. The Retreat is working to develop standards to deal with those patients.
The Retreat has been caring for patients from the Vermont State Hospital since Tropical Storm Irene damaged the Waterbury facility in August 2011.