Admissions to Douglas Nursing Home Suspended

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 | 07:00pm

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN, has suspended new admissions of patients to Douglas 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 $3,050 a day until the violations are corrected. A special monitor will be appointed to review the center’s operations. 

Douglas Nursing Home, a 72-bed licensed facility located at 2084 West Main Street in Milan, was ordered not to admit any new patients based on conditions found during a complaint investigation conducted April 17 through April 24. During the investigation, surveyors found violations of dietary services, nursing services, performance improvement and physician notification standards. Specifically, the deficiencies related to failure to monitor resident medications; failure to complete laboratory work as ordered; resident neglect; failure to follow physician’s orders; failure to identify problems and take action through performance improvement; failure of dietary services to assess and intervene for residents with weight loss; and failure to notify physician of changes in resident condition.  

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 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.

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