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State suspends admissions to LC’s Reelfoot Manor

State suspends admissions to LC’s Reelfoot Manor

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN, suspended new admissions of patients to Reelfoot Manor in Lake County last week and imposed a state civil monetary penalty of $1,500.
A federal civil penalty has been imposed at $5,550 per day effective Aug. 9, 2007, and continuing until the violations are corrected. A special monitor has been appointed to review the center’s operations.
Reelfoot Manor, a 116-bed licensed nursing home located at 1034 Reelfoot Drive in Tiptonville, was ordered not to admit any new patients Wednesday based on conditions found during an annual survey conducted Sept. 23 through Sept. 25. During the investigation, surveyors found violations of administration and basic services, nursing services and pharmaceutical services standards.
The commissioner may 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.
The nursing home has the right to a hearing regarding the suspension of admissions before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge.
Published in The Messenger on 10.08.07

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