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No findings in Western Maryland Hospital Center audit

November 15, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown got a clean report in its latest state audit.

“Our audit did not disclose any findings that warrant mention in this report,” wrote Thomas J. Barnickel III, the acting legislative auditor for the Maryland Department of Legislative Services’ Office of Legislative Audits.

The office audits and evaluates state agencies every three years.

The new audit for Western Maryland Hospital Center, released on Wednesday, covers July 1, 2009, to May 6, 2012. It examines “financial transactions, records and internal control,” the report says.

Western Maryland Hospital Center “provides chronic care and treatment to patients requiring a hospital-level rehabilitation program, long-term nursing home care, and inpatient and outpatient renal dialysis services,” Barnickel’s letter to state legislators says.

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The center had a licensed capacity for 123 inpatients in 2012 and an average daily population of 61 inpatients, the report says.

Cindy Pellegrino, the hospital center’s CEO, said in an interview on Thursday that this was the first audit in her 15 years on the job that listed no deficiencies.

“Needless to say, we were very, very pleased,” she said. “I’m very proud of my staff.”

Pellegrino said the process is extensive. Auditors spent eight hours a day, five days a week, at the center for several months, she said.

The center’s last audit, released in 2010, listed six types of criticisms.

One criticism was that the center didn’t send information to the attorney general’s office or the governor’s chief legal counsel after hearing that an employee might have taken drugs that were to be destroyed.

Pellegrino said in 2010 that the center reported the theft of prescription medicine to various state agencies when it was discovered after the employee resigned.

The new audit report says the center addressed all six of the previous findings.

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