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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 23-799



Decisions on Requests for Exceptions to Health Care Facility Regulations

[53 Pa.B. 3273]
[Saturday, June 17, 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 May 1, 2023, through May 31, 2023. 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
AHN North Fayette Ambulatory Surgery Center§ 569.35(7) (relating to general safety precautions)05/13/2023Granted w/Conditions
§ 571.1 (relating to minimum standards) 2.1- general05/13/2023Granted
§ 571.1 2.1- other design requirements05/13/2023Granted
§ 571.1 2.1- and (3) staff changing area05/13/2023Granted
§ 571.1 2.1- and (b) laboratory workstation(s)05/13/2023Granted
The Eye Surgery Center§ 551.3 (relating to definitions)05/11/2023Granted w/Conditions
Laurel Surgical Center§ 553.31(a) (relating to administrative responsibilities)05/13/2023Granted w/Conditions
Red Lion Surgicenter, LLC§ 571.1 2.1-3.8.12 soiled workroom or soiled holding room05/13/2023Granted
§ 571.1 2.1- two-room sterile processing facility05/13/2023Granted


Facility Name28 Pa. Code RegulationDec. DateDecision
Abington Hospital§ 153.1(a) (relating to minimum standards) 2.1- work areas for preparing, dispensing and administering medications05/11/2023Granted
§ 153.1(a) 2.1- doors and door hardware05/11/2023Granted
§ 153.1(a) 2.1- windows in patient rooms05/11/2023Granted
§ 153.1(a) 2.2- handwashing stations05/11/2023Granted
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona, LLC§ 153.1(a) 2.6- space requirements05/13/2023Granted
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center§ 153.1(a) 2.2- system component room05/11/2023Granted w/Conditions
The Lancaster General Hospital§ 101.31(7) (relating to hospital requirements)05/15/2023Granted w/Conditions
Penn Highlands Huntingdon§ 107.61 (relating to written orders)05/13/2023Granted w/Conditions
Penn Highlands Tyrone§ 107.61 05/13/2023Granted w/Conditions
The Robert Packer Hospital§ 153.1(a) 2.2- and (ii) space requirements05/13/2023Granted
UPMC Somerset§ 107.62(a) and (b) (relating to oral orders)05/13/2023Granted

Nursing Care Facilities

Facility Name28 Pa. Code RegulationDec. DateDecision
Cedar Haven Healthcare Center§ 205.6(a) (relating to function of building)05/30/2023Granted
Chandler Hall Health Services, Inc.§ 205.67(j) and (k) (relating to electric requirements for existing and new construction)05/15/2023Granted
Concordia at Cedars§ 201.18(e) (relating to management)05/01/2023Denied
The Glen at Willow Valley§ 205.20(a) (relating to resident bedrooms)05/30/2023Granted
Harmony Physical Rehabilitation§ 201.18(e) 05/01/2023Denied
Moravian Hall Square Health And Wellness Center§ 201.3 (relating to definitions)05/30/2023Granted
Moravian Village of Bethlehem§ 205.7 (relating to basement or cellar)05/22/2023Granted
Providence Pointe Healthcare Residence§ 205.36(h) (relating to bathing facilities)05/22/2023Granted
Shenango Presbyterian Seniorcare§ 205.6(a) 05/30/2023Granted
Sweden Valley Manor§ 201.22(e) and (k) (relating to prevention, control and surveillance of tuberculosis (TB))05/01/2023Granted
Tulip Special Care, LLC§ 205.67(e) 05/30/2023Denied

 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. 23-799. Filed for public inspection June 16, 2023, 9:00 a.m.]

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