Admissions to Saint Francis Nursing Home Suspended

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 | 07:00pm

Memphis nursing home cited for violations

 Nashville, October 25, 2006

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., has suspended new admissions of patients to Saint Francis Nursing Home and imposed a state civil monetary penalty of $1,500. The state also has recommended that a federal civil penalty be imposed at $3,250 a day until the violations are corrected. A special monitor will be appointed to review the center’s operations.

 Saint Francis Nursing Home, a 197-bed licensed facility located at 5959 Park Avenue in Memphis, was ordered not to admit any new patients based on conditions found during the annual recertification survey conducted October 16 through October 18. During the investigation, surveyors found violations of administration, nursing services, quality assurance and resident protection. Specifically, the deficiencies pertained to nursing services; management and supervision services; and resident assessment, intervention and protection services.  

 The Commissioner 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 corrected and will 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.

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