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

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