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Another Abortion Clinic has been closed for not passing state inspections

Posted in Abortion, Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion clinic dirty, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2011 by saynsumthn

State shuts down Gentilly abortion clinic
Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 5:33 PM
By Bruce Nolan, The Times-Picayune

State health inspectors have shut down a Gentilly abortion clinic after an unannounced inspection uncovered conditions they said put patients at risk.

The state Department of Health and Hospitals said it revoked the license of Gentilly Medical Clinic for Women, on Gentilly Boulevard near Elysian Fields Avenue.

A department spokeswoman said an inspection on May 6 found that “the facility failed to provide nursing services to meet the needs of its patients and adequately monitor women in recovery following a procedure.”

State records list the owner of the facility as Dr. Anthony Okpalobi, who was not available for comment Thursday.

Russo said Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein used a new law passed last summer to close the facility immediately, on a finding that conditions there “posed an imminent threat to the health, welfare or safety of the patients.”

The state had moved against the Gentilly clinic before.

In Jan. 2010 it revoked the clinic’s operating license.

Inspectors said then the clinic had been operating without a registered nurse on staff, without a controlled dangerous substance license and without registering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
But under state law in effect then, it was able to reopen while it contested the action in state court.

Russo said that litigation was still under way three weeks ago when Greenstein moved again against the clinic with the new, tougher enforcement tool of Act 490, passed by the Legislature last year.
Under that law, the clinic remains closed during its appeal, unless it files for special relief like a permanent injunction or temporary restraining order, Russo said.

Backers of the legislation championed it as a patient safety measure they said puts abortion clinics on the same footing as other institutions, like adult residential day-care centers and substance abuse clinics.
But abortion rights advocates said Act 490 is another attempt to harass, and perhaps reduce the number of, providers by involving a “zero tolerance” policy for any infraction — a rigor that is not extended to hospitals, among other facilities.

The state used the same law last fall to shut down a Shreveport abortion provider, Hope Medical Group for Women.

However, a state court overturned that closure.

Hope was among five Louisiana women’s clinics and one unnamed doctor who sued in federal court last fall to have Act 490 overturned.

However, that suit was dismissed. It is on appeal.

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According to Operation Rescue leader, Troy Newman, “This is just one more example of how abortion clinics defiantly disregard the law and sacrifice the health and safety of women because they think that laws don’t apply to them and that women don’t deserve any better treatment. We have found this kind of attitude to be rampant inside the abortion cartel, in spite of their phony public relations claims to the contrary.”

Operation Rescue has Louisiana officials to also asked close the Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge after a botched abortion revealed numerous abuses, including the alleged illegal non-reporting of abortion complications.

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From the Department of Heath:

DHH Immediately Suspends License of New Orleans Abortion Clinic
Gentilly Medical Clinic for Women ordered to cease operations for violating state licensure regulations

Thursday, May 26, 2011 | Contact: Bureau of Media & Communications (225) 342-7913 or (225) 252-3579 (cell)

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein Wednesday issued a license revocation for Gentilly Medical Clinic for Women and ordered the abortion facility to immediately cease performing abortions after an investigation found repeat violations that posed significant health and safety risks to clients. The Gentilly abortion facility is currently appealing a separate license revocation action instituted by the Department in January 2010. That action was based on a determination of the facility’s substantial failure to comply with the minimum standards for licensure of abortion clinics.

The immediate suspension came under a new law signed last year by Gov. Bobby Jindal that gives the DHH Secretary authority to immediately suspend an abortion facility’s license under certain circumstances. The new law, Act 490 of the 2010 Legislature by then-Rep. Fred Mills, had not been enacted when the Department initiated the January 2010 license revocation proceedings against the facility.

“We take very seriously our responsibility to protect the health and safety of people receiving services in facilities licensed through our Department,” Secretary Greenstein said. “This abortion facility continues to have significant repeated violations that put women at risk. We are thankful to have this law behind us to ensure we can take action when standards are not met.”

The Department issued Wednesday’s revocation action based upon a new survey of the facility conducted by DHH Health Standards on May 6, 2011. This most recent survey found the clinic, once again, to be in violation of standards for abortion clinic licensure. Specifically, the facility failed to provide nursing services to meet the needs of its patients and adequately monitor women in recovery following a procedure. The Secretary determined that the facility’s non-compliance and violations posed an imminent threat to the health, welfare or safety of the patients.

The abortion facility was notified of the revocation action and immediate suspension Wednesday morning.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens.

State revokes abortion clinic license

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Regulation, pro-choice, Pro-Life with tags , , , , , , on September 8, 2010 by saynsumthn

State Suspends Abortion Clinic’s License

The state of Louisiana has suspended the license of an abortion clinic in Shreveport, saying it did not follow certain guidelines when it came to administration of anesthesia and pre-abortion physical exams.

Hope Medical Group for Women said it has notified its attorney and plans to go to court to challenge the suspension.

The Department of Health and Hospitals said it issued a notice of license revocation to Hope Medical Group on Friday and ordered the Kings Highway clinic to immediately cease performing abortions.

An investigation “found violations that posed significant health and safety risks to clients,” DHH said in a statement. Most of the violations cited by DHH regarded the administration of anesthesia.

Hope Medical Group, which opened in 1980, has been involved in repeated litigation against the state in the past.

In addition to abortion procedures, the clinic provides pregnancy testing, the “morning after pill,” counseling and adoption referrals.

A law passed by the state Legislature this year gives the state authority to immediately suspend an abortion facility’s license under certain circumstances.

An review of just more than a dozen procedures at the facility found several violations, DHH said:
Failure to ensure that a physician performed a physical exam on each patient before a procedure;
not properly monitoring vital signs of patients under anesthesia;
failure to follow proper procedures in administering anesthesia; and
failure to have properly trained professionals performing certain medical procedures related to the administering anesthesia.

It was the first time DHH has suspended an abortion clinic’s license under the new law, the agency said.

“When we see this level of egregious conduct at a facility, it is incumbent on us to take steps necessary to protect our residents,” DHH Interim Secretary Anthony Keck said.

Letters notifying the abortion facility of the revocation action and immediate suspension were faxed to the facility late Friday afternoon.

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Here is the official press release:

DHH suspends license of Shreveport abortion clinic

Hope Medical Group for Women ordered to immediately cease operations

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals today issued a notice of license revocation to Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport and ordered the clinic to immediately cease performing abortions after an investigation found violations that posed significant health and safety risks to clients. The immediate suspension of the facility’s license came under legislation signed this year by Gov. Bobby Jindal that gives the Department authority to immediately suspend an abortion facility’s license under certain circumstances.

Several violations were noted during a recent investigation of the facility, including the facility’s failure to ensure that a physician performed and documented a physical exam on each patient prior to a procedure, failure to properly monitor vital signs of patients under anesthesia, failure to have proper procedures in place for administering anesthesia and failure to have properly trained professionals performing certain medical procedures related to the administering of anesthesia.

This is the first time DHH has issued an immediate suspension of an abortion facility’s license under the new law.

“When we see this level of egregious conduct at a facility, it is incumbent on us to take steps necessary to protect our residents,” said DHH Interim Secretary Anthony Keck. “The Legislature gave us this authority because they recognized we must have the ability to stop unsafe practices that place these already vulnerable women in danger.”

Act 490 of the 2010 Louisiana Legislature, sponsored by State Rep. Fred Mills of St. Martinville, allows for the immediate suspension of an abortion facility’s license if the DHH “secretary determines that the violation or violations pose an immediate threat to the health, welfare, or safety of a client or patient.” Prior to Act 490, an abortion facility under licensure revocation would be allowed to continue performing abortions pending appeal of such revocation, which can take months.

“This law allows us to put the health and safety of our residents as the No. 1 priority,” Keck said. “It would be unconscionable to allow practices known to put women in jeopardy to continue while appeals drag on.”

Letters notifying the abortion facility of the revocation action and immediate suspension were faxed to the facility this afternoon.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about DHH, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov.