Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation: Pressure Ulcer Citation

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The nursing home in Batavia, New York has received citations and fines.

Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation has received 39 citations for violations of public health code between 2017 and 2021, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on May 28, 2021. The facility has also received $32,000 in fines since 2017. The Batavia nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of ten surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not take adequately prevent infection. Under Section 483.80 of the Federal Code, nursing homes are required to create and maintain an infection prevention and control program in order to mitigate the spread of infection and disease. A June 2020 citation found that Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that during the Covid-19 pandemic, the nursing home “did not maintain an Infection Control Program to ensure the health and safety of residents to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 for two… of five units.” It goes on to describe staff members who “did not use the appropriate PPE… on a unit where residents were potentially exposed to COVID-19,” and who additionally did not properly wear face masks or perform hand hygiene. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the counseling and re-education of relevant staff.

2. The nursing home did not provide adequate pressure ulcer care. Under Section 483.25 of the Federal Code, nursing homes must ensure residents received necessary treatment and services to prevent pressure ulcers from developing, and to promote the healing of existing pressure ulcers. A November 2017 citation found that Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that in connection to one resident, there was a “lack of reporting an open area and a timely skin assessment.” It goes on to describe a Licensed Practical Nurse who said that when she observed an open area, she “left a note for medical to see the resident,” and said that it had not been reported “in the past few days.” A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the reporting of the open area and the counseling of Certified Nursing Assistants responsible for the resident’s care.

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Among other things, the nursing home was cited for infection control failures and pest control failures.

3. The nursing home did not adequately control pests. Under Section 483.90, nursing homes are required to “Maintain an effective pest control program so that the facility is free of pests and rodents.” An October 2019 citation found that Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation failed to ensure such. The citation states specifically that surveyors observed flies in resident rooms, a dining room, a rehabilitation unit, “the 3rd floor unit,” in the facility’s elevator, and in its kitchen. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the repair of an exit door and a window screen, and the replacement of a light in an insect light trap.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas L. Gallivan, PLLC work diligently to protect the rights of nursing home residents.  Please contact us to discuss in the event you have a potential case involving neglect or abuse.

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