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Macomb County lifts ban on Harbor Oaks patient referrals

Posted: 11:47 AM, Feb 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-13 16:34:39-05
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NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. (WXYZ) — Macomb County Community Mental Health has lifted a ban on patient referrals to Harbor Oaks Hospital in New Baltimore.

According to Dave Pankotai, CEO of Macomb County CMH, the hospital provided the county with a corrective action plan and has agreed to provide evidence of compliance. Macomb County will continue to monitor the hospital on a monthly basis.

The county began referring patients again starting Feb. 7, acording to Pankotai. In total, referrals to the hospital were halted for 11 days.

Mental health officials have "no outstanding issues of compliance with staffing" at Harbor Oaks, according to a Feb. 10 letter from Chief Quality Officer Cynthia Konal.

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The suspension was announced on January 28, 24-hours after a 7 Action News report detailing 14 alleged physical and sexual assaults that took place inside the facility over a recent five-month stretch.

“Until we’re comfortable that things are being done appropriately, we don’t want our folks to go there,” Pankotai said at the time.

Contact 7 Investigator Ross Jones at ross.jones@wxyz.com or at (248) 827-9466.