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DNREC issues penalties to Bayhealth’s Kent General Hospital
and to St. Francis Hospital for hazardous waste violations
 

DOVER (Sept. 28, 2015) – DNREC Secretary David S. Small has issued Notices of Administrative Penalty and Secretary’s Orders to Bayhealth Medical Center’s Kent General Hospital and St. Francis Hospital for violations of Delaware’s laws and regulations governing hazardous waste management. Under its federal grant work plan, the Department conducted an initiative in 2014 to inspect Delaware hospitals in order to determine compliance with hazardous waste regulations, particularly related to the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. 

Bayhealth’s Kent General Hospital
The Secretary’s Order issued to Bayhealth’s Kent General Hospital includes a penalty of $73,509 and $11,026 in cost recovery for DNREC. 

Bayhealth Medical Center is a healthcare system serving central and southern Delaware through numerous care facilities that include Kent General Hospital in Dover. 

On July 31, 2014, DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances conducted a compliance assessment at Bayhealth’s Kent General Hospital. The assessment identified 22 violations of Delaware’s Regulations Governing Hazardous Waste, including: failing to make a hazardous waste determination on pharmaceutical wastes and improperly disposing of pharmaceutical wastes. Additional violations included failure to conduct waste handling and disposal training; and failure to conduct required weekly inspections.

Prior to the July 2014 assessment, DNREC’s Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section also had conducted an assessment in March 2014 at Bayhealth’s Milford Memorial Hospital. After similar violations to what was found at Kent General were identified, DNREC provided Bayhealth with extensive assistance for returning to compliance – including the department’s conducting training event at Bayhealth’s request for hospital employees that covered proper hazardous waste management for healthcare professionals.

Kent General Hospital has since come into compliance with Delaware’s laws and regulations governing hazardous waste management.

St. Francis Hospital
The Secretary’s Order issued to St. Francis Hospital includes a penalty of $13,021 and $1,953 in cost recovery for DNREC.

St. Francis Hospital is a 395-bed health care facility in Wilmington under the aegis of St. Francis Healthcare, which operates numerous healthcare facilities throughout New Castle County.

On May 13, 2014, DNREC’s Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section conducted a compliance assessment at St. Francis Hospital. The assessment identified 10 violations of Delaware’s Regulations Governing Hazardous Waste, including failing to make a hazardous waste determination on pharmaceutical wastes and aerosol cans and improperly disposing of pharmaceutical wastes. Additional violations included failure to conduct training, failure to conduct weekly inspections, and failure to develop and maintain a contingency plan. St. Francis Hospital has since come into compliance with Delaware’s laws and regulations governing hazardous waste management.

The Secretary’s Orders for Bayhealth’s Kent General Hospital and St. Francis Hospital can be found on the DNREC website at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Info/Pages/SecOrders_Enforcement.aspx.

Bayhealth’s Kent General Hospital and St. Francis Hospital have 30 days to appeal the penalty orders.

Vol. 45, No. 327

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9/28/2015
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