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Turnaround Team Takes Reins At Troubled Eleanor Slater Hospital

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The State-run Eleanor Slater Hospital will be overseen by a team of health care management consultants while state officials work to fix numerous...

The State-run Eleanor Slater Hospital will be overseen by a team of health care management consultants while state officials work to fix numerous problems. A recent report cited numerous patient safety concerns and financial problems at the facility.

Eleanor Slater is a long-term care hospital for psychiatric or seriously disabled patients. Health officials say the facility has been understaffed and more costly to run than similar institutions. The hospital is now under a compliance order to correct a list of deficiencies to keep its license. Some of those deficiencies include endangering patient safety.

The state has named a consulting company, Applied Management Systems, to oversee the facility until a permanent executive team can be found. The hospital system serves more than 280 patients with a budget of about $116 million dollars a year, half of which is state funding. 

A spokesman for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, which oversees BHDDH, says Applied Management Systems was awarded the approximately $2 million dollar contract after a competitive bidding process failed to elicit an acceptable response. AMS is also the firm that produced a report earlier this year about Eleanor Slater's shortcomings.

Read the compliance order and BHDDH's response:
Maria Montanaro says she inherited a troubled state hospital system when she started her job as head of the state's Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals agency.
Maria Montanaro says she inherited a troubled state hospital system when she started her job as head of the state's Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals agency.