State Health Department Releases November 2000 Inspection Results of Nursing Homes
Albany, March 30, 2001 – The New York State Department of Health completed 53 standard nursing home surveys in November 2000, citing 49 for deficiencies. To date, the Department continues to monitor six of the 49 homes cited last November for continued violations, while 47 of those homes are now back in compliance. In addition, the Department fined four nursing homes last November 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 November surveys. Those facilities are Kresge Residence (Erie County), Westhampton Nursing Home (Suffolk County), and Barberry Nursing Home and Port Chester Nursing Home (both from Westchester County).
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 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, 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 November, 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 November survey or are now addressing new violations from a subsequent survey.
|Facility||Location||November Survey||Current status|
|Our Lady of Hope Residence||Albany||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Daughters of Jacob||Bronx||Significant Corrections Needed||Corrections Needed|
|Bethany Nursing Home||Chemung||Significant Corrections Needed||Significant Corrections Needed|
|The Hospital SNF||Delaware||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Lovely Hill NH||Dutchess||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Victory Lake NH||Dutchess||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Jennie B. Richmond Chaffee Nursing Home Co., Inc.||Erie||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Kresge Residence||Erie||In Compliance||In Compliance|
|Lakewood Health Care Center||Erie||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Oakwood Health Care Center Inc.||Erie||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Rosa Coplon Jewish Home & Infirmary||Erie||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|St. Andrew's Presbyterian Manor||Erie||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home||Erie||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Wells Nursing Home, Inc.||Fulton||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|LeRoy Village Green RHCF||Genesee||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Marcus Garvey||Kings||Significant Corrections Needed||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Palm Tree for Nurs & Rehab||Kings||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Northern Manhattan Nursing & Rehab.||Manhattan||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Blossom Health Care Center||Monroe||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Edna Tina Wilson Living||Monroe||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Jennifer Matthew Nursing & Rehabilitation Center||Monroe||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Maplewood Nursing Home||Monroe||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|The Hurlbut||Monroe||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Bayview NH||Nassau||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Garden Care Center||Nassau||Corrections Needed||Corrections Needed|
|Grace Plaza||Nassau||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Long Beach Grandel||Nassau||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|North Gate Manor||Niagara||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Saint Mary's Manor||Niagara||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|The Waters at Gasport||Niagara||Corrections Needed||Corrections Needed|
|Katherine Luther Home||Oneida||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Community–General Hospital SNF||Onondaga||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Van Duyn Home & Hospital||Onondaga||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Vivian Teal Howard RHCF||Onondaga||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Middletown Park Manor||Orange||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Oneonta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center||Otsego||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Dry Harbor||Queens||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Northwoods Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center – Rosewood Gardens||Rensselaer||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Egar Health Care||Richmond||Significant Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Friedwald House||Rockland||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Ramapo Manor NH||Rockland||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Schuyler Ridge, A Residential Health Care Facility||Saratoga||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Wesley Health Care Center||Saratoga||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Highland Nursing Home||St. Lawrence||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|St. Regis Nursing Home||St. Lawrence||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Hornell Gardens||Steuben||Corrections Needed||Corrections Needed|
|Sunrise NH||Suffolk||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Westhampton NH||Suffolk||In Compliance||In Compliance|
|Hutton NH||Ulster||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Wingate of Ulster||Ulster||Corrections Needed||In Compliance|
|Barberry NH||Westchester||In Compliance||In Compliance|
|Port Chester NH||Westchester||In Compliance||In Compliance|
|Rosary Hills||Westchester||Corrections Needed||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 November 2000 for violations related to the care and services provided to residents.
|Facility||Location||Fine & Survey Date|
|Loretto Heights||Oswego||$2000 – 5/19/99|
|Mohawk Valley Nursing Home||Herkimer||$4000 – 2/09/00|
|Monroe Community Hospital SNF||Monroe||$2000 – 10/22/99|
|St. Mary's Rehabilitation Center for Children||Westchester||$2000 – 3/25/99|
3/30/01 – 29 OPA