State Health Department Releases September 2000 Inspection Results of Nursing Homes

Albany, January 10, 2001 – The New York State Department of Health completed 48 standard nursing home surveys in September 2000, citing 42 of the 48 facilities inspected for deficiencies (please see listing below). In addition, the Department fined five 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 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 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.

Facility Location Level of Citation
Eddy Cohoes Rehab Albany Corrections Needed.
Highland Health Care Center Allegany Corrections Needed.
Bronx Lebanon Bronx Corrections Needed
Hebrew Home Baptist Division Bronx In Substantial Compliance.
Methodist Church Home Bronx In Compliance.
Mosholu Parkway Bronx Significant Corrections Needed.
Providence Rest Bronx Corrections Needed.
Riverdale Bronx In Substantial Compliance.
Finger Lakes Center for Living Cayuga Significant Corrections Needed.
Mercy Health and Rehab. Cayuga Significant Corrections Needed.
St. Joseph's Hospital SNF Chemung In Substantial Compliance.
Cortland Mem. Hospital SNF Cortland In Compliance.
Garden Gate Manor Erie Corrections Needed.
Niagara Lutheran Home Erie Significant Corrections Needed.
St. Lukes Presbyterian Nursing Cen. Erie Corrections Needed.
Williamsville View Manor Erie Corrections Needed.
Mercy Healthcare Center, Inc. Franklin Corrections Needed.
Saint Luke Manor of Batavia Genesee Corrections Needed.
Carthage Area Hospital SNF Jefferson Corrections Needed.
Bishop Hucles Kings Significant Corrections Needed.
Wartburg Lutheran Kings In Compliance.
Wartburg Nursing Home Kings In Compliance.
Conesus Lake Nursing Home Livingston Corrections Needed.
Livingston County Campus SNF Livingston Significant Corrections Needed.
Mount Loretto Nursing Home Montgomery Significant Corrections Needed.
Belair Nassau Corrections Needed.
Glen Cove Nassau Corrections Needed.
Sandspoint Nassau Significant Corrections Needed.
Woodhaven Nassau Corrections Needed.
Dewitt New York Significant Corrections Needed.
Schoellkopf Health Center Niagara In Substantial Compliance.
St. Luke's Home Oneida Corrections Needed.
St. Theresa Orange Significant Corrections Needed.
Sylcox Orange Significant Corrections Needed.
The Meadows Otsego Significant Corrections Needed.
Bezalel Nursing Home Queens Significant Corrections Needed.
Meadow Park Queens Significant Corrections Needed.
Ozanom Hall Queens In Compliance.
James A. Eddy Mem. Ger. Center Rensselaer Corrections Needed.
Seneca Nursing Home & Rehab. Seneca Significant Corrections Needed.
Founder's Pavillion Steuben Corrections Needed.
Mercycare Steuben Significant Corrections Needed.
Eden Park Warren Corrections Needed.
Regency Westchester Corrections Needed.
Skyview Westchester In Compliance.
United Hebrew Geriatric Center Westchester Significant Corrections Needed.
United Nursing Home Westchester Corrections Needed.
East Side Nursing Home Wyoming Corrections Needed.

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.

Facility Location Fine
Villa Mary Immaculate Albany $ 8,000
River Mede Nursing & Rehab. Broome $18,000
Erie County Nursing Home Erie $ 4,000
Wesley Gardens Nursing Home Monroe $10,000
Bethel Nursing Home Westchester $ 2,000

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