The state’s largest psychiatric hospital has been much in the news this year for a wide variety of challenges, but evidently didn’t see the need to highlight that it “quietly withdrew from a national accreditation program three months ago, according to the Seattle Times.
Among those in the know, but joining in the conspiracy of silence, was Governor Jay Inslee. His own spokesperson admitted that the office “was informed of the decision around the time it was made” and that the state agency that oversees the hospital “told Inslee’s office that the move was geared toward focusing the hospital on its work with federal regulators to clear up long-running issues, (the spokesperson) said. The agency assured the governor’s office that the withdrawal would not affect the safety of patients or quality of care.
Unfortunately, those assurances about the “quality of care” often come with recognition from impartial national organizations, like the one the hospital’s administrators withdrew from. So now we can just take their word for it – if you can get them to tell you.