Management flaws at Md. state hospital detailed

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Maryland public health officials say poor oversight of patient care at a state-owned nursing home in Hagerstown prompted the ouster of the facility's chief executive and two medical staff members.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a summary of its findings Friday, nearly seven weeks after it announced a management change at the Western Maryland Hospital Center.

DHMH Chief Medical Officer Mona Gahunia (gah-HOON'-yah) says no patients were harmed by the deficiencies found in a routine survey last spring.

Gahunia says the facility's longtime director, Cynthia Pellegrino, was asked to resign, and that the chief medical officer and long-term care medical director were replaced.

The agency announced on June 24 that it had contracted with a local, private medical center to run the facility.

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