Pennsylvania’s U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, a Republican, and Bob Casey, a Democrat, released the names of nearly 400 nursing homes nationwide with poor safety records that, until Monday, had not been publicly identified.
The Kentucky nursing homes included in the list are:
Klondike Center, Louisville
Springhurst Health and Rehab, Louisville
River Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Paducah
Woodcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Elsmere
Mountain Manor of Paintsville, Paintsville
Twin Rivers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Owensboro
Problems at Louisville nursing homes
Representatives with Klondike Center and Springhurst Health and Rehab did not immediately return requests for comment.
On the federal Nursing Home Compare website, Klondike Center, 3802 Klondike Lane, received a rating of “Much Below Average.”
Among the complaints against Klondike Center detailed in federal reports is a failure by staff in May 2018 to immediately notify a resident’s doctor when needed medication was not available to treat the resident.
The resident “had periods of confusion and an elevated ammonia level during the time when the medication was not administered,” according to the report.
Klondike Center’s failure to have “an effective system in place” to ensure physicians were notified when residents did not receive their medications “has caused or is likely to cause serious injury, harm, impairment or death to a resident,” the report noted.
In August 2018, a resident accused a male staffer at Klondike Center of sexual assault. Investigators determined the facility did not remove the alleged perpetrator from his role to “prevent the potential for further abuse.”
Klondike Center also failed to train staff on abuse prevention after the allegation, according to the report.
The nursing home was hit with a $13,627 fine in November 2018 and a $104,878 fine in October 2017, according to records.
Springhurst Health and Rehab, 3001 N. Hurstbourne Parkway, also received a one-star rating on Medicare.gov and has received numerous complaints in the past few years.
In January, investigators said a medication cart was left unlocked and unattended with two drawers open in the middle of a hallway.
Investigators also described in undated incidents how open food items with no dates or labels and expired food and drinks were found in Springhurst Health and Rehab.
A walk-in freezer had no thermometer and chemicals were stored in areas where food was prepared, according to reports.
Springhurst Health and Rehab has received 23 health citations, according to its Nursing Home Compare page, well above the average of 5.3 citations given to facilities in Kentucky and 7.9 given nationwide.
The nursing home was hit with fines of $250,023 in May 2018 and $88,021 in May 2017, according to the Nursing Home Compare website.
River Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Paducah also was mentioned among cases of nursing home neglect and abuse in the Senate report.
One resident at the facility who suffered from a burn wound and was receiving treatment that included a skin graft did not have their “dressing changed or showers administered as ordered,” according to the report.
State investigators at the Paducah facility found the individual “lying in bed with a large amount of green drainage on (their clothing) and a pool of green drainage on the bed sheets,” the Senate report said.
The resident told investigators they were not sure the last time their clothing had been changed.
“As evidenced by this report, oversight of America’s poorest quality nursing homes falls short of what taxpayers should expect,” the senators concluded.
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