Admissions to Cummings Foster Group Home Suspended

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 | 11:04am

Shelby County Home for the Aged Cited for Violations

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Cummings Foster Group Home effective August 4, 2017. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

Cummings Foster Group Home, an 11-bed home for the aged located at 1176 Englewood St. in Memphis, was ordered not to admit any new residents based on conditions found during a life safety survey conducted July 12, 2017. The investigation was completed August 4. During the inspection, surveyors found violations of building standards.

The Commissioner of Health may suspend admissions to a home for the aged when conditions are determined to be, or are likely to be, detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents. The order to suspend admissions remains effective until conditions have been and continue to remain corrected. A copy of the order must be posted at the public entrance where it can be plainly seen.

The home for the aged has the right to a hearing regarding the suspension of admissions before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at