Pennsylvania Department of Health Fines Nursing Home Close to $800,000
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Dec 28, 2017 in Nursing Home Abuse
St. Francis Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare in Darby, Pennsylvania, is facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDOH).
The nursing home was fined $675,750 over numerous problems with resident care that were discovered during an inspection of the facility in August. Investigators found one resident who had wounds that went all the way down to the bone.
St. Francis Center faces another fine of $106,500 for problems with the delivery of pain medication that were identified during an inspection of the facility in January.
The fines were issued on Dec. 15, and the facility has 30 days to appeal them.
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Problems at St. Francis Center
One part of the August inspection was a survey of 28 residents at the facility. Investigators discovered that employees did not follow physician orders or notify doctors of changes in residents' medical conditions for nine of the 28 residents.
It was also discovered that 11 of the 28 residents experienced a form of neglect. For instance, the facility did not meet nutrition requirements for three residents or provide sufficient fluids for two residents. Another resident was a victim of significant medication errors.
PDOH found that the administrator and director of nursing were not effectively overseeing the facility to ensure residents' health and safety.
These and other problems caused the facility to be temporarily placed under the management of a state contractor earlier this year. PDOH also tried to have the facility's license revoked. However, the facility appealed and the revocation was stopped for 90 days while the facility worked to meet the terms of PDOH's correctional plan.
The facility was able to meet the terms of the plan and was granted a six-month provisional license. This allows the facility to admit new patients.
All of the problems at the facility have resulted in staffing changes, including the medical director, nursing supervisor and facility administrator.
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