The clinic where the comedienne went into cardiac arrest could be forced to close after the New York state health department's investigation found several serious deficiencies throughout the facility.
The health clinic in New York City where comedienne Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest in late August could be forced to shut down after the health department discovered several serious deficiencies throughout the facility.
Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a minor throat procedure at the clinic
According to the New York Daily News, following the New York state health department's investigation into Yorkville Endoscopy, the clinic was informed it was "noncompliant" in four areas and therefore could close due to losing its federal accreditation.
A letter sent to the clinic, which was obtained by NY Daily News, said that the four areas not meeting the health department's standards were the governing body and management, surgical services, medical staff and patient rights.
"Termination can only be averted by correction of the deficiencies," the letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services read, which informed the clinic it will lose its status as a Medicare supplier on Jan. 7 unless these defaults are amended. "Your facility will be revisited to verify necessary compliance."
Yorkville have since addressed the situation by adamantly stating any issues will be corrected.
"The Center has been working collaboratively with appropriate government regulatory agencies to ensure complete compliance with all regulations," the clinic said in a statement. "The Center remains open and will continue to collaborate with all accreditation and government regulatory agencies to ensure quality care."
On August 28th, Rivers was hospitalized for going into cardiac and respiratory arrest after stopping breathing during a minor throat procedure at the clinic. Nearly a week after being placed into a medically induced coma, her grieving family decided to take her off a life support machine on September 4th, she passed away shortly after, aged 81.