Feds accept hospital's plan to correct problems

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Regional Medical Center's self-medication seems to be working. Federal regulators yesterday accepted The Med's plan for correcting problems that threatened its future participation in Medicare.

State inspectors must verify that the Med is implementing its plan.

The Med's board had sent in the 43-page plan Friday and answered additional questions about it yesterday. The board is under new leadership with the retirement of Memphis attorney Lewis Donelson and the appointment of Memphis businessman and hospital board member Jack Morris to the chairmanship.

Board members gave Donelson a standing ovation yesterday as he wished them good luck. Donelson has been chairman for ten years, guiding the Med through sweeping TennCare cuts, working to increase donations and getting liability protection from the Legislature.

The big public hospital is the safety net for thousands of poor people who live in West Tennessee. It's also the Level One Trauma Center for the region, which means it gets the worst injury and wounding cases as well as burn cases.

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