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Health Licensing

July 26, 2010

MEMORANDUM

To: Administrators, Hospitals and Nursing Homes

From: Nancy E. Maertens, Director, Division of Health Licensing

Subject: Extension of Temporary Alternative to the Temporary Provider-wide Exception to the Requirements of §803 of Regulation 61-16, Standards for Licensing Hospitals and Institutional General Infirmaries, and §1405.C of Regulation 61-17, Standards for Licensing Nursing Homes

On April 23, 2009, the Department issued a memorandum outlining a temporary alternative to a previous temporary Provider-wide Exception regarding the requirements of R.61-16, Standards for Licensing Hospitals and Institutional General Infirmaries, and R.61-17, Standards for Licensing Nursing Homes, for hospital and nursing home qualified food service supervisors. This temporary alternative provided:

“The qualified food service supervisor shall:

  1. Have been employed in their present position as food service supervisor since August 1, 2008; and
  2. Be currently enrolled or actively seeking enrollment in an approved course curriculum necessary to take the certification examination required to become a certified dietary manager; and
  3. Successfully complete the dietary manager certification examination no later than June 30, 2010.”

In consideration of the Department’s commitment to establishing standards that do not compromise the health, safety, and well-being of the patients and/or residents, the Department is extending the date for successful completion of the dietary manager certification examination to no later than November 30, 2010. After November 30, 2010, all hospitals and nursing homes will be required to meet the standards as outlined in each respective regulation, i.e., R.61-16, §803, and R.61-17, §1405.C, or as an alternative, the qualified food service supervisor shall meet the requirements of the certification examination to no later than November 30, 2010. After November 30, 2010, all hospitals and nursing homes will be required to meet the standards as outlined in each respective regulation, i.e., R.61-16, §803, and R.61-17, §1405.C, or as an alternative, the qualified food service supervisor shall meet the requirements of the Provider-wide Exception, Exception to the Requirements of §803 of Regulation 61-16, Standards for Licensing Hospitals and Institutional General Infirmaries, and §1405.C of Regulation 61-17, Standards for Licensing Nursing Homes, issued July 26, 2010. (Copy enclosed).

This extension until November 30, 2010, to successfully complete the dietary manager certification examination applies to any hospital or nursing home licensed by the Department. It relates solely to South Carolina licensing standards. Any adverse condition(s) that may be related to this exception may result in revocation of the exception by the Department.

If there are any questions, you may call Shara Merritt at 545-4976.

NEM/shh

cc: Pamela M. Dukes, DHEC
Dennis Gibbs, DHEC
Sara Granger, DHEC
Mary Jo Roué, DHEC
Randall Lee, South Carolina Health Care Association
Vicki Moody, Aging Services Institute of South Carolina
James R. Walker, Jr., South Carolina Hospital Association
Joe Saleeby, South Carolina Nursing Home Association
Richard Schmitt, South Carolina Dietary Managers Association


For additional information, contact: Division Director Gwendolyn Thompson - (803) 545-4370