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Juan Luis Hospital ‘Fully Certified’ By CMS For Medicare and Medicaid Funding

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Board Chairman Troy de Chabert-Schuster

CHRISTIANSTED – For the first time in more than four years the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center is free of the threat of decertification by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The news came January 1 and those in attendance gave the hospital’s leadership a standing ovation at a board meeting in the Cardiac Center on Monday after passing the weeklong surprise inspection by CMS.

“I am overjoyed. I congratulate Dr. (Ken) Okolo and the executive team and the entire staff of Luis Hospital,” board chairman Troy de Chabert-Schuster told the Virgin Islands Daily News. “I look forward to us moving into a period of sustainability and continued improvement in the delivery of health care.”

Okolo is the acting chief executive officer of the Juan Luis Hospital and Medical Center in Estate Diamond.

The CMS ended its inspection of St. Croix’s only hospital on Dec. 11. If it had failed to be “fully certified,” it risked being reimbursed for Medicare and Medicaid patients at the facility.

The Luis Hospital has been under the threat of decertification since 2011 when CMS gave it time to improve basic care conditions at the medical facility so that it could participate financially in federal medical programs.

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JFL Hospital CEO Ken Oranefo Okolo

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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