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