Hartford Courant (03.30.12) - Monday, April 09, 2012
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services declared in
February that infection-control programs at Charter Oak Health
Center - 21 Grand St., Hartford - posed "an immediate threat
to the health and safety of patients." Since then, the
facility has made enough progress to allow it to continue
billing the federally run programs for the next 90 days,
pending further CMS assessment. But on March 29, the state
Department of Public Health put COHC on two-year probation to
make "sure that they are in compliance," said DPH spokesperson
The state's consent order requires COHC to hire a new CEO,
medical director, director of nursing and director of
behavioral health. It also must hire a temporary manager
responsible for ensuring patient safety through infection-
control program compliance.
CMS launched the investigation after it was revealed that a
regular patient at COHC had TB - a fact officials waited more
than a month to make public. CEO Alfreda Turner had said she
was unaware of the TB case until early February, but state
investigators found she knew of the diagnosis in December.
Turner was placed on administrative leave and has since
resigned, said COHC Chair Betty Hardy.
The TB patient acted as an unofficial greeter at COHC. Due to
possible exposure, some 140 people underwent TB testing last
month, and at least three are now being treated for infection.