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Brattleboro Retreat Could Face Sanctions

The Brattleboro Retreat could lose its federal Medicare funding unless it can come up with a plan to correct a series of violations. Those violations were documented during an inspection last month.

Senior Vice President Peter Albert says most of the deficiencies were discovered in the hospital's new 14-bed unit, which accepts Vermont State Hospital patients. At least some of those patients were involuntarily committed.

Since Tropical Storm Irene forced the Vermont State Hospital to close, the Retreat has admitted over 330 patients who would have qualified for admission to the state hospital.

Albert tells the Brattleboro Reformer the Retreat has been facing new challenges caring for the involuntarily committed state hospital patients, but it is continuing to make the necessary improvements.