Woodhaven Nursing Home Cited for Abuse

Woodhaven Nursing Home received 46 citations for violations of public health code between 2016 and 2020, according to New York State Department of Health records accessed on April 24, 2020. The facility has also received two fines: one 2017 fine of $2,000 in connection to findings in an inspection that it violated health code provisions regarding unnecessary; and one 2016 fine of $12,000 in connection to findings in a 2013 inspection that it violated health code provisions regarding accidents and administration. The Port Jefferson Station nursing home’s citations resulted from a total of four surveys by state inspectors. The deficiencies they describe include the following:

1. The nursing home did not prevent abuse. Section 483.12 of the Federal Code states that nursing home residents have the right to be free from abuse. A November 2019 citation found that Woodhaven Nursing Home did not ensure that right for one resident. The citation states specifically that the resident was repeatedly hit by another resident “with a wheelchair with the leg rest in place,” suffering a “laceration with severe bleeding to the right leg” and requiring transfer to the hospital. A plan of correction undertaken by the facility included the transfer of the resident to a “safe location” and the transfer of the aggressive resident to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

2. The nursing home did not take adequate steps to prevent infection. Section 483.80 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to establish infection prevention and control programs. A November 2019 citation found that Woodhaven Nursing Home did not ensure that its “Legionella facility risk environmental assessment was performed and updated annually.” The citation states specifically that the resident’s last completion of water testing was more than a year earlier. In an interview, the facility’s Maintenance Director stated that he would request testing promptly.

3. The nursing home did not adequately prevent medication errors. Section 483.45 of the Federal Code requires nursing homes to keep residents free of significant medication errors. A November 2019 citation found that Woodhaven Nursing Home did not. The citation states specifically that a resident missed three doses of a medication that their physician prescribed upon their return from a hospital visit. In an interview, a Registered Nurse Supervisor stated that “the medication was not given because the medication was not in the facility.”

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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