State Health Department Releases August 2000 Inspection Results of Nursing Homes

Albany, December 1, 2000 – The New York State Department of Health completed 58 standard nursing home surveys in August 2000, citing 55 of the 58 facilities inspected for deficiencies (please see listing below). In addition, the Department fined three nursing homes for violations related to care and services provided by the nursing home.

The federal Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) requires the New York State Department of Health to conduct at least one unannounced standard survey of each nursing home no later than 15 months after the previous survey. Nursing homes that have violations are issued a statement of deficiencies (SOD) by the State Health Department, citing those deficiencies identified during the survey as well as the seriousness of the findings.

In cases in which a facility is issued a SOD, the administrator of the home is required to submit a Plan of Correction (POC) to the Department. The Plan of Correction states what the facility will do to correct the individual findings, what steps will be implemented to prevent the deficient practice from affecting others, as well as what the facility will do to monitor the effectiveness of the plan over time to prevent reoccurrence of violations. All facilities listed below have submitted a POC.

Once a SOD is issued, all facilities have the opportunity to request an informal dispute resolution (IDR) with the State Health Department. This standardized process allows nursing homes to informally review with the Department any disagreements they have regarding citations. Once the IDR process is complete, all findings for the latest annual standard survey are posted on the New York State Department of Health web site at www.health.state.ny.us. The DOH web site includes nursing home survey information both by facility and geographic area.

The Department surveys all 676 nursing homes in New York State to ensure that residents living in these facilities are receiving the respect, dignity, and quality of care they deserve.

Nursing home surveys are outcome based and focus on the status of the care and services provided to residents by nursing homes. Through the survey process, the Department reviews issues and aspects of care that impact the lives of nursing home residents. SODs categorize deficiencies in the areas of administration, quality of care, resident rights, food service, environment, and other services such as dental, pharmacy and specialized rehabilitation.

As part of the surveillance of nursing homes in the State, the Department sends a team of trained surveyors into facilities that may include registered nurses (RN's), social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists and physicians. A Department representative responsible for the sanitary conditions of the facility completes the life–safety code portion of the survey (building codes, fire safety equipment and security systems).

Deficiencies, which signify a failure to meet federal and/or state regulations, range from less serious (failure to properly groom a resident) to serious (avoidable weight loss, the development of avoidable pressure sores, or the occurrence of resident abuse, mistreatment or neglect). In order to identify issues, problems or potential violations, surveyors utilize three approaches: direct observation of services provided, interviews with residents, family members, direct care staff and administrators, and review of resident medical records. Once pertinent information has been gathered by the survey team, they analyze the data collectively and make a determination on whether deficiencies exist and a SOD should be issued.

Survey Rating – Each facility receives a rating based on the type and number of deficiencies found during a survey visit. One of the following ratings is associated with each standard survey. The sequence of the ratings is ordered from the most to least favorable outcome.

  • In Compliance – Facility is compliant with all requirements. No deficiencies identified during the survey.
  • Substantial Compliance – Facility has minimal deficiencies that are unlikely to cause harm to residents.
  • Corrections Needed – Facility has deficiencies that have the potential to cause harm or compromise the resident's ability to maintain or improve health status.
  • Significant Corrections Needed – Facility has deficiencies that have caused actual harm or compromised the resident's ability to maintain or improve health status.
  • Substandard Quality of Care – Facility has deficiencies identified in critical care and services areas that are provided by the nursing home. In some cases, a home is cited for substandard quality of care in addition to one of the deficient categories listed (typically coinciding with significant corrections needed or Immediate Jeopardy).
  • Immediate Jeopardy – Facility has deficiencies that have caused or are likely to cause serious harm, injury, impairment, or death if not immediately rectified.

Each nursing home has its own policies and procedures, but all must follow state and federal regulations. Some of the important aspects that individuals should look for when choosing a nursing home include, but are not limited to, complaint procedures; the use of personal belongings and furniture; the availability of ethnic foods and/or specialty diets; room assignments; reserving a bed if transferred to a hospital; visiting hours for family and friends; emergency procedures; self–care and daily assistance; leaving the facility for short visits with family and friends; the cleanliness of the facility and access to personal funds.

Also, when choosing a nursing home that will best meet their needs, individuals should consult with their doctor and the hospital discharge planning staff in cases involving hospital discharges to assess their medical, nursing and social needs.

The following list identifies the name of the facility, its location and the highest level of deficiencies cited. Nursing homes are required to make available the results of the most recent survey including any Plan of Correction (POC) in a readily accessible location. For further information (i.e., the number of deficiencies found at a facility) the public is recommended to go to the facility or contact its administrator for detailed information.

Facility Location Survey
Rating
Eddy Cohoes Rehabilitation Center Albany Significant corrections needed
Eden Park HCC Albany Significant corrections needed
Julie Blair Nursing and Rehabilitation Albany Corrections needed
Vestal Nursing Home Broome Corrections needed
Wayne HRF Bronx Significant corrections needed.
Jewish Home and Hospital, Bronx Division Bronx Significant corrections needed
Beth Abraham Health Services Bronx Corrections needed
Heritage Park Health Care Center Chautauqua Significant corrections needed
Elcor Nursing Home Chemung Corrections needed
Chase Memorial Nursing Home Chenango Corrections needed
New York State Veteran's Home Chenango Significant corrections
Meadowbrook Healthcare Clinton Significant correction needed
Pine Haven Home Columbia Corrections needed
Cortland Care Center Cortland Significant corrections needed
Mountainside Residential Care Center Delaware Corrections needed
Baptist Nursing Home Dutchess Significant corrections needed
Brunswick Nursing Home Suffolk Corrections needed
Aurora Park Health Care Center Erie Significant corrections needed
Orchard Park HCC Erie Significant Corrections Needed
Our Lady of Victory Head Trauma Rehab. Erie Correction needed
Beechwood Residence Erie In compliance
Fiddler's Green Manor Nursing Home Erie Substantial compliance
Lake Shore Nursing Home, Inc. Erie Corrections needed
CABS Nursing Home Kings Significant corrections needed
S.S. Joachim and Ann Residence Kings Corrections needed
Willoughby Nursing Home Kings Corrections needed
Home of the Sages Manhattan Corrections needed
Rivington House Manhattan Corrections needed
Jewish Home of Rochester Monroe Corrections needed
The Brightonian Monroe Corrections needed
The Highlands Living Center Monroe Corrections needed
Wesley Gardens Nursing Home Monroe Significant corrections needed
Nassau Extended Care Center Nassau Significant corrections needed
Crestwood Health Care Center, Inc. Niagara Corrections needed
Fairchild Nursing Home Niagara Corrections needed
Orange County Infirmary Orange Significant corrections needed
Orleans County Nursing Home Orleans Significant corrections needed
Bishop Maclean Epicsopal Nursing Home Queens Corrections needed
Far Rockaway Nursing Home Queens Corrections needed
Hollis Park Manor Nursing Home Queens Corrections needed
New Glen Oaks Nursing Home Queens Corrections needed
Oceanview Nursing Home Queens Significant corrections needed
Park Nursing Home Queens Corrections needed
Hoosick Falls Health Center Rensselaer Corrections needed
Lily Pond Nursing Home Richmond In compliance
Hillcrest Nursing Home Rockland Corrections needed
Baptist Health Nursing and Rehab. Center, Inc. Schenectady Significant corrections needed
Hallmark Nursing Centre, Inc – Rotterdam Schenectady Corrections needed
Cedar Lodge Nursing Home Suffolk Significant corrections needed
Kendall at Ithaca Tompkins Corrections needed
Oak Hill Manor Tompkins Corrections Needed
Lakeside Nursing Home Tompkins Significant corrections needed
Reconstruction Home Tompkins Immediate Jeopardy
Bethel Nursing Home Co., Inc. Westchester Corrections needed
Nathan Miller Westchester Significant corrections needed
Shalom Nursing Home Westchester Corrections needed
Taylor Care Center Westchester Corrections needed
The Osborne Westchester In compliance

These facilities may be subject to enforcement actions, including monetary penalties for the deficiencies identified during the Department's standard inspection process.

The State Health Department fined the following nursing homes in August 2000 for violations related to care and services provided by the nursing homes.

Facility Location Fine
Village Center for Care New York City $2,000
New Surfside Nursing Home Queens $4,000
Tioga Nursing Facility, Inc. Tioga $4,000

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