State Health Department Releases October 2000 Inspection Results of Nursing Homes
Albany, February 23, 2001 – The New York State Department of Health today released a report regarding the survey results of 49 nursing home surveyed in October 2000. The Department cited 45 of the 49 facilities inspected for deficiencies as part of its routine annual surveillance process and fined three other nursing homes 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 of the 676 nursing homes in the State 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, which notes deficiencies identified during the Department's unannounced site–visit.
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 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 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.
- 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/or federal regulations. Some of the important aspects that individuals should look for when choosing a nursing home include, but are not limited to, 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; complaint procedures 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 administrators for detailed information.
|Facility||Location||Level of Citation|
|Eddy–Ford Nursing Home||Albany||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Highbridge Woodycrest||Bronx||Corrections Needed|
|Loeb Center Nursing Home||Bronx||Corrections Needed|
|Menorah Home for the Aged (Bushwick)||Kings||Corrections Needed|
|Victory Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility||Kings||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Good Shepherd–Fairview Home||Broome||Significant Corrections Needed|
|The Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center–Machias||Cattaraugus||Significant Corrections Needed|
|The Waters of Allegany||Cattaraugus||Corrections Needed|
|Arnot Ogden Medical Center Residential Health Care Facility||Chemung||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Cedar Hedge Nursing Home||Clinton||Corrections Needed|
|Evergreen Valley Nursing Home||Clinton||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Ferncliff Nursing Home||Dutchess||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Hudson Haven Care Center||Dutchess||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Father Baker Manor||Erie||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Harris Hill Nursing Facility||Erie||Corrections Needed|
|Kaleida Health||Erie||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Riverwood Health Care Center, Inc.||Erie||Corrections Needed|
|Horace Nye Home||Essex||Corrections Needed|
|Eden Park Health Care Center||Greene||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Lewis County General Hospital Extended Care Facility||Lewis||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Kirkhaven Nursing Home||Monroe||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Monroe Community Hospital SNF||Monroe||Corrections Needed|
|Montgomery Meadows Residential Health Care Facility||Montgomery||Corrections Needed|
|A. Holly Patterson Geriatric Center||Nassau||Immediate Jeopardy|
|North Shore University Hospital Center for Extended Care and Rehab||Nassau||In Compliance|
|Wedgewood Care Center||Nassau||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Heritage Health Care Center||Oneida||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Medina Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility||Orleans||Corrections Needed|
|Andrew Michaud Nursing Home||Oswego||Significant Corrections Needed|
|St. Luke Health Services||Oswego||Corrections Needed|
|Putnam Nursing Home||Putnam||Corrections Needed|
|Flushing Manor Care Center||Queens||Corrections Needed|
|Lyden Nursing Home||Queens||Corrections Needed|
|St. Marys Hospital for Children||Queens||Corrections Needed|
|Woodcrest Nursing Home||Queens||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Eden Park Health Care Center||Rensselaer||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Staten Island Care Center||Richmond||In Compliance|
|Nyack Manor Nursing Home||Rockland||Corrections Needed|
|Kingsway Arms Nursing Center, Inc.||Schenectady||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Potsdam Nursing Home||St. Lawrence||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Nesconset Nursing Center||Suffolk||In Compliance|
|Ross Health Care Center||Suffolk||Significant Corrections Needed|
|Smithtown Health Care Facility||Suffolk||Corrections Neeeded|
|Albany Avenue Manor||Ulster||In Compliance|
|Golden Hill Health Care Center||Ulster||Corrections Needed|
|Hebrew Hospital Home||Westchester||Corrections Needed|
|Tarrytown Hall Care Center||Westchester||Corrections Needed|
|Penn Yan Manor||Yates||Significant 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 October 2000 for violations related to care and services provided by the nursing home.
|Facility||Location||Fine & Survey Date|
|St. Luke's Presbyterian Nursing Center||Erie||$3,000 B 11/15/99|
|Niagara Geriatric Center||Niagara||$1,000 B 9/30/99|
|Schuyler Ridge Health Care Facility||Saratoga||$6,000 B 5/20/99|