State Health Department Releases December 2000 Inspection Results of Nursing Homes
Albany, May 25, 2001 – The New York State Department of Health (the Department) completed 37 standard nursing home surveys in December 2000, citing 33 for deficiencies. To date, the Department continues to monitor two of the 37 homes cited last December for continued violations, while 35 of those homes are now back in compliance. In addition, the Department fined three nursing homes last December for violations related to the care and services provided to residents.
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 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 the facility was cited with "Significant Corrections Needed" (see below for definition), the Department is required to complete a Revisit Survey after the facility submits an acceptable POC. All facilities listed below have submitted a POC.
The Department identified four nursing homes that were in compliance and without deficiencies during our December surveys. Those facilities are St. Barnabas Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility (Bronx), Northern Metropolitan Nursing Home (Rockland), Victoria Home (Westchester) and New San Souci Nursing Home (Westchester).
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 will be 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 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, 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 (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 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 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.
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 December 2000, 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 December survey or are now addressing new violations from a subsequent survey.
|Facility||Location||Level of Citation||Current Status|
|Our Lady of Mercy Life Center||Albany||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Villa Mary Immaculate||Albany||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|St. Vincent DePaul Residence||Bronx||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Terrace Health Care Center||Bronx||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|St. Barnabas Hospital NH||Bronx||In Compliance||In Compliance|
|Manor Oak Skilled Nursing Facility||Chautauqua||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|The Gerry Nursing Home Co., Inc.||Chautauqua||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Firemen's Home of the State of New York||Columbia||Corrections Needed||Corrections Needed|
|Ridge View Manor Nursing Home||Erie||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|St. Catherine Laboure Health Care Center.||Erie||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|St. Francis Geriatric and Healthcare||Erie||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Genesis Health Care of New York||Jefferson||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Brooklyn Queens Nursing Home||Kings||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Park Ridge Nursing Home.||Monroe||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|The Shore Winds||Monroe||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Stonehedge–Chittenango Nursing Home||Madison||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center||Niagara||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Hempstead Park Nursing Home||Nassau||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|White Oaks Nursing Home||Nassau||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Living Center at Geneva North||Ontario||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Living Center at Geneva South||Ontario||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Martin Luther King Nursing Home||Oneida||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Birchwood Health Care Center||Onondaga||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Hallmark Nursing Care||Onondaga||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Glen Arden Care Center||Orange||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Union Plaza Nursing Home||Queens||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Highland Care Center||Queens||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Northern Metropolitan Nursing Home||Rockland||In Compliance||In Compliance|
|New Vanderbuilt Nursing Home||Richmond||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Sunset Manor||Suffolk||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Huntington Living Center||Seneca||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Blossom View Nursing Home||Wayne||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Bethel Nursing and Rehab.||Westchester||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Chandler Care Center||Westchester||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Victoria Home||Westchester||In Compliance||In Compliance|
|Schnumacher Nursing Home||Westchester||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|New San Souci Nursing Home||Westchester||In Compliance||In Compliance|
These 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 December 2000 for violations related to the care and services provided to residents.
|Facility||Location||Fine & Survey Date|
|Manor Oak SNF||Wyoming||$2000 – 1/7/00|
|Resurrection Nursing Home||Rensselaer||$2,000 – 2/2/00|
|Wells Nursing Home||Fulton||$14,000 – 1/3/00|