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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 23-55



Decisions on Requests for Exceptions to Health Care Facility Regulations

[53 Pa.B. 433]
[Saturday, January 14, 2023]

 Under 28 Pa. Code § 51.33 (relating to requests for exceptions), effective June 6, 1998, the Department of Health (Department) has published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin all requests by entities licensed under the Health Care Facilities Act (35 P.S. §§ 448.101—448.904b), for exceptions to regulations contained in 28 Pa. Code Part IV Subparts B—G.

 Section 51.33(d) of 28 Pa. Code provides that the Department will publish notice of all approved exceptions on a periodic basis. The Department has determined that it will publish notice of all exceptions, both approved and denied. The following list contains the decisions made on exception requests published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin from December 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022. Future publications of decisions on exception requests will appear on a quarterly basis.

 Requests for additional information on the exception request and the Department's decision should be made to the relevant division of the Department. Inquiries regarding hospitals, abortion facilities and ambulatory surgical facilities shall be addressed to Garrison E. Gladfelter, Jr., Director, Division of Acute and Ambulatory Care, Room 532, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 783-8980. Inquiries regarding long-term care facilities shall be addressed to Susan Williamson, Director, Division of Nursing Care Facilities, Room 528, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-1816. Inquiries regarding Home Health agencies should be directed to Linda Chamberlain, Director, Division of Home Health, Forum Place, Suite 701, 555 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101, (717) 783-1379.

Ambulatory Surgical Facilities

Facility Name28 Pa. Code RegulationDec. DateDecision
East Freedom Surgical Associates, LLC§ 569.35(7) (relating to general safety precautions)12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
Planned Parenthood Keystone—
§ 29.33(6) (relating to requirements for abortion)12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
Saint Vincent Endoscopy Center§ 553.1 (relating to principle) 12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
Saint Vincent Surgery Center of Erie§ 553.1 12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
Surgery Center at Penn Medicine University City§ 553.31(a) and (b) (relating to administrative responsibilities)12/13/2022Granted w/Conditions
UPMC Leader Surgery Center, LLC§ 553.1 12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
§ 555.1 (relating to principle) 12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
§ 555.3(a)—(f) (relating to requirements for membership and privileges)12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
§ 555.4(a)—(c) (relating to clinical activities and duties of physician assistants and certified registered nurse practitioners)12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
§ 557.2(a) (relating to plan)12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
§ 557.3(a) (relating to Quality Assurance and Improvement Program)12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
§ 563.1 (relating to principle)12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
§ 563.2(a) and (b) (relating to organization and staffing)12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
Western PA Surgery Center—
Beaver County Branch
§ 571.1 (relating to minimum standards) A2.1- space requirements12/13/2022Granted


Facility Name28 Pa. Code RegulationDec. DateDecision
Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center§ 153.1(a) (relating to minimum standards) 2.2- capacity12/08/2022Granted
Meadville Medical Center§ 153.1(a) 2.9- endoscope processing room(s)12/13/2022Granted
§ 153.1(a) 2.9- space requirements12/13/2022Granted
§ 153.1(a) 2.9- space requirements12/13/2022Granted
Penn Highlands Dubois§ 153.1(a) 2.1-3.4.3 pre-procedure patient care room or area12/08/2022Granted
§ 153.1(a) 2.1-3.4.5 phase II recovery room(s) or area12/08/2022Granted
Penn Highlands Huntingdon§ 153.1(a) 2.1- doors and door hardware12/08/2022Granted
Penn State Health Saint Joseph§ 107.64 (relating to administration of drugs)12/05/2022Granted w/Conditions
Saint Luke's Hospital—
Upper Bucks Campus
§ 153.1(a) 2.1- staff assistance stations12/13/2022Granted
§ 153.1(a) 2.5-8.5.1 call systems12/13/2022Granted
Wellspan York Hospital§ 153.1(a) 2.1- location12/05/2022Granted
§ 153.1(a) 2.1- renovation12/05/2022Granted
§ 153.1(a) 2.1- receptacles in patient care areas12/05/2022Granted
§ 153.1(a) 2.1-8.4.4 medical gas and vacuum systems12/05/2022Granted
§ 153.1(a) 2.2- and (b) and (3) space requirements12/05/2022Granted
§ 153.1(a) 2.2- and (2) airborne infection isolation (AII) room12/05/2022Granted

Nursing Care Facilities

Facility Name28 Pa. Code RegulationDec. DateDecision
Mon Valley Care Center§ 201.22(e) (relating to prevention, control and surveillance of tuberculosis (TB))12/05/2022Granted
Southmont of Presbyterian Seniorcare§ 205.6(a) (relating to function of building)12/12/2022Granted

 Persons with a disability who require an alternative format of this notice (for example, large print, audiotape, Braille) should contact the Division of Acute and Ambulatory Care or the Division of Nursing Care Facilities at the previously referenced address or telephone number, or for speech and/or hearing-impaired persons, call the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 23-55. Filed for public inspection January 13, 2023, 9:00 a.m.]

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