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Admissions Suspended to Diversicare of Claiborne

Claiborne County Nursing Home Cited for Violations
Monday, April 09, 2018 | 09:35am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Diversicare of Claiborne effective April 6, 2018. In addition, Dreyzehner has imposed state civil monetary penalties of $5,000 for each of four violations for a total assessment of $20,000. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

Diversicare of Claiborne, a 134-bed nursing home located at 902 Buchanan Road in New Tazewell, was ordered not to admit any new residents based on conditions found during a complaint survey conducted March 12 – March 21, 2018. The investigation was completed April 6. During the investigation, surveyors found violations of the following standards: administration; performance improvement; records and reports; and resident rights.

The Commissioner of Health may suspend admissions to a nursing home 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 nursing home 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