Johnson City Press: Tennessee suspends Greeneville nursing home admissions, issues fines

Tennessee suspends Greeneville nursing home admissions, issues fines

Johnson City Press • Aug 14, 2018 at 5:15 PM

GREENEVILLE — A state health official recently suspended new admissions to a Greeneville nursing home and issued citations against the business for alleged standard violations.

Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner took the actions against Laughlin Health Care Center effective Saturday.

He imposed four state civil monetary penalties in the amount of $1,500 each for a total assessment of $6,000. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

According to a Tennessee Department of Health news release, the 90-bed nursing home was ordered not to admit any new residents based on conditions found during a complaint survey conducted July 11-21. The investigation was completed Saturday. During the investigation, surveyors found violations in standards for administration, performance improvement and nursing services.

The health commissioner is empowered to suspend admissions to a nursing home when conditions are determined to be or are likely to be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents.

The order to suspend admissions remains effective until conditions have been and continue to remain corrected. A copy of the order must be posted at the public entrance where it can be plainly seen.

Laughlin, 801 E. McKee St., has the right to a hearing regarding the suspension of admissions before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge.

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