Admissions to Claiborne and Hughes Health Center Suspended

Thursday, August 17, 2006 | 08:00pm

Franklin nursing home cited for violations

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., has suspended new admissions of patients to Claiborne and Hughes Health Center and imposed a state civil monetary penalty of $1,500. The state also has recommended that federal civil penalty be imposed at $3,050 a day until the violations are corrected. A special monitor will be appointed to review the center’s operations.

The Claiborne and Hughes Health Center, a 157-bed licensed facility located at 200 Strahl Street in Franklin, was ordered not to admit any new patients based on conditions found during complaint investigation conducted July 28 through August 14. During the investigation, surveyors found violations of administration, nursing services, nurse aide training and quality of care standards. Specifically, the deficiencies related failure to ensure adequate monitoring, assessment, systems and supervision to prevent resident dehydration and weight loss; failure to accurately and completely evaluate resident consumption; failure to notify physician of changes in resident condition; failure to follow physician orders; and failure to ensure the continuing competency of nurse aides to provide for special needs of residents.

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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