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State orders independent review of hospital

December 9, 2014
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State orders third-party review of hospital
The Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital is run by the state of Michigan and provides adult inpatient services. Photo via

The state of Michigan is hiring a behavioral health provider to conduct an independent review of a state-run hospital in the region, which is under scrutiny over patient safety.

The state Community Health Department said Monday that Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids will do an evaluation of Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital, focusing on inpatient care and the hospital's organizational structure and staff. The review is expected to run through January.

The state will pay Pine Rest $46,700 to conduct the outside review.

The hospital provides adult inpatient psychiatric services.

Its longtime director resigned in June after the state said he failed to report the March death of a 68-year-old patient. James Coleman denies the allegation.

Separately, the hospital has suspended 28 workers with pay as it investigates another incident involving a patient.

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