State Health Department Releases March 2001 Inspection Results of Nursing Homes
Albany, November 9, 2001 – The New York State Department of Health (the Department) completed 53 unannounced standard annual nursing home surveys in March 2001, citing 49 for deficiencies. In addition, the Department fined 19 nursing homes for violations related to the care and services provided to residents.
The federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), previously known as the Health Care Financing Administration, 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 found to 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 their protocols to monitor the effectiveness of the plan over time to prevent reoccurrence of violations. If a facility is cited for "Significant Corrections Needed," "Substandard Quality of Care," and/or "Immediate Jeopardy" (see definitions below), the Department conducts an unannounced Revisit Survey once the facility has submitted an acceptable POC. All 53 facilities surveyed submitted a POC and are currently back in compliance.
The Department identified four nursing homes that were in compliance and without deficiencies during our March surveys. Those facilities are Susquehanna Nursing Home (Broome), Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home (Fulton), Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center (Suffolk) and Hilaire Farm Nursing Home (Suffolk). The Department also determined that White Plains Nursing Home (Bronx) and Heritage Green Nursing Home (Chautauqua) were in substantial compliance.
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 any disagreements they have regarding citations issued by the Department. 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 679 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 State's surveillance of nursing homes, the Department sends a team of trained surveyors into facilities that may include registered nurses (RN's), social workers, nutritionists, 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 minor to serious (examples of serious violations include, but are not limited to: avoidable weight loss, the development of avoidable pressure sores, and 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 the survey team has gathered pertinent information, 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 scope and severity 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 very 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.
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 administrators for detailed information.
The following list identifies the name of the facility, its location, the highest level of deficiencies cited in March 2001, and the facilities current status. The "Current Status" is defined as the Department's latest survey rating given to the home. Facilities listed with a current status of "Significant Corrections Needed" or "Corrections Needed" may be awaiting a Department revisit to substantiate compliance, have not yet resolved violations from the March survey or are now addressing new violations from a subsequent survey.
|Facility||Location||Level of Citation||Current Status|
|Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center||Albany||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Concourse Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Inc.||Bronx||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Fieldston Lodge Nursing Home||Bronx||Immediate Jeopardy||In Compliance|
|White Plains Nursing Home||Bronx||Substantial Compliance||In Compliance|
|Laconia Nursing Home||Bronx||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Morris Park Nursing Home||Bronx||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Susquehanna Nursing Home||Broome||In Compliance||In Compliance|
|Willow Point Nursing Home||Broome||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Heritage Green Nursing Home||Chautauqua||Substantial Compliance||In Compliance|
|Episcopal Residential Health Facility, Inc.||Erie||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Erie County Home||Erie||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|McAuley Residence||Erie||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Schofield Residence||Erie||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Nathan Littauer Hospital NH||Fulton||In Compliance||In Compliance|
|Little Falls Hospital SNF||Herkimer||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Inc.||Herkimer||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Van Allen Nursing Home||Herkimer||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Cobble Hill Health Center, Inc.||Kings||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Crown Nursing & Rehab Center||Kings||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|River Manor Care Center||Kings||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Crouse Community Center, Inc.||Madison||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Fort Tryon Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing||Manhattan||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home Co., Inc.||Manhattan||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|New York Foundling Hosp Center for Pediatric Medicine & Rehab Care, Inc.||Manhattan||Immediate Jeopardy||In Compliance|
|Latta Road Nursing Home||Monroe||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Lakeside-Beikirch Care Center, Inc.||Monroe||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Norloch Manor||Monroe||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Penfield Place||Monroe||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|St. Ann's Community||Monroe||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|St. Johnsville Nursing Home||Montgomery||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation||Nassau||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Marquis Care Center||Nassau||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|United Presbyterian Home at Syosset, Inc.||Nassau||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Mt. St. Mary's Long Term Care Facility, Inc.||Niagara||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Betsy Ross Rehabilitative Center, Inc.||Oneida||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Presbyterian Home for Central New York, Inc.||Oneida||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic Extended Care||Ontario||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|F.F. Thompson Continuing Care Ctr., Inc.||Ontario||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Montgomery Nursing Home||Orange||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Orchard Manor, Inc.||Orleans||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Cliffside Nursing Home, Inc.||Queens||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Jamaica Hospital Nursing Home Co., Inc.||Queens||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Rego Park Nursing Home||Queens||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Broadlawn Manor Nursing & Rehab. Center||Suffolk||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Our Lady of Consolation Geriatric Care Center||Suffolk||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center||Suffolk||In Compliance||In Compliance|
|Hilaire Farm Nursing Home||Suffolk||In Compliance||In Compliance|
|Hallmark Nursing Centre, Inc. [Glens Falls]||Warren||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Mary McClellan Skilled Nursing Facility||Washington||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Home for Aged Blind||Westchester||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Sprain Brook Manor Nursing Home||Westchester||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Wartburg Nursing Home||Westchester||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Wyoming County Community Hospital SNF||Wyoming||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
The above facilities may be subject to enforcement action, including monetary penalties for the deficiencies identified during the Department's standard inspection/revisit process.
The State Department of Health fined the following nursing homes in March 2001 for violations related to the care and services provided to residents.
|Facility||Location||Fine & Survey Date|
|Howd Nursing Home||Cayuga||$12,000-3/7/00|
|Bethany Nursing Home & Health Related Facility, Inc.||Chemung||$18,000-2/23/01|
|Green Manor Nursing Home||Columbia||$6,000-4/12/00|
|Victory Lake Nursing Center||Dutchess||$8,000-2/17/00|
|St. Francis Home of Williamsville||Erie||$2,000-1/12/00|
|Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home||Fulton||$9,000-2/15/00|
|Belair Care Center, Inc.||Nassau||$12,500-8/2/99|
|Rockville Residence Manor||Nassau||$4,000-1/17/01|
|Charles T. Sitrin Health Care Center, Inc.||Oneida||$4,000-1/21/00|
|Rome Nursing Home||Oneida||$1,000-9/9/99|
|St. Luke's Home||Oneida||$2,000-6/24/98|
|Arbor Hill Care Center||Monroe||$11,000-5/17/00|
|Hillcrest Nursing & Rehab. Center||Rockland||$16,000 – 6/14/99|
|Tolstoy Foundation Nursing Home Company, Inc.||Rockland||$3,000 – 9/9/99|
|Ross Health Care Center||Suffolk||$10,000-9/9/99|
|Westmount Health Facility||Warren||$2,000-5/4/00|
|Mary McClellan Skilled Nursing Facility||Washington||$11,000-2/24/00|
|Wayne County Nursing Home||Wayne||$1,000-1/29/00|
|Tarrytown Hall Care Center||Westchester||$4,000-10/17/00|