Cleveland Regional Medical Center suspends admissions, surgeries

Hospital says decision made due to shortage of staff, supplies

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

CLEVELAND, Texas - No new patients will be admitted and no surgeries will be performed, for now, at the Cleveland Regional Medical Center, the hospital announced Thursday.

The hospital said the decision was made in the interest of patient safety because of a shortage of staff and supplies.

The hospital released the following statement on Thursday:

"In an effort to assure patient safety, today Cleveland Regional Medical Center is voluntarily and temporarily suspending admissions to the hospital and temporarily suspending surgical services due to a critical shortage of staff and supplies. 

The emergency department remains open to the public, but ambulances remain on divert for critical patients.

We will also continue to perform outpatient testing procedures through our laboratory and radiology departments.

Any staff that will be affected by this temporary suspension of services will be allowed to take vacation time. 

Chuck Fulner has stepped down as CEO and the board of trustees has appointed James Anderson as the interim CEO. Mr. Anderson has been employed with CRMC for over four years, serving as the current chief operating officer for the past 11 months."

The Cleveland Police Chief said there is a warrant for Fulner's arrest. It is for a misdemeanor, class A assault. 

Fulner is accused of hitting the chief nursing officer in a staff meeting that the police chief said turned physical.

The hospital's statement also said, "CRMC is committed to providing the highest quality patient care to Cleveland and the surrounding communities. CRMC is anticipating new management and ownership as early as next week and looks forward to continuing to serve this community."

"This hospital is really important because it's the only source of hospitalization in this town," said Cleveland resident Heather Swanson. "Otherwise, you have to go to Kingwood or Conroe or Houston."

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