2011-12-30 / Community

SJEH Blood Work Suspended

By Howard Schwach

The New York State Department of Health has ordered St. John’s Episcopal Hospital on Beach 19 Street in Far Rockaway to halt all of its services related to blood work.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health told The Wave this week, the medical center’s suspension is the result of the blood laboratory’s “failure to meet state health standards.”

The state agency ordered the 30-day stoppage of services on Friday, December 16, after inspectors found that the lab was not up to standard for blood transfusion and blood banks.

A call to the DOH revealed no further information on exactly what happened in the lab that spurred the ban.

During the suspension period, the hospital can continue blood work only if it uses an outside lab to handle pretransfusion blood testing and “demonstrates to DOH that proper protocols and procedures are in place to ensure patient safety,” the state said.

Penny Chin, the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital spokesperson, was on vacation this week and the second in command was “out of the office.”

Chin did tell the Times Ledger last week however, “With the assistance of the laboratory at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Episcopal Health Services fully expects that operations will be resumed in the next 30 days or sooner.”

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