Wellspring averts closure, is recertified

April 29, 1994|By From Staff Reports

A Glen Burnie nursing home under threat of being closed by the state for poor patient care has been revamped and recertified.

"We worked hard. We had to do it before May 7," said Gary Sudhalter, administrator at Wellspring Nursing Center and vice president for patient services at Global Health Management, the Bethesda nursing home company that took over Wellspring. "We're real excited and real proud."

In January, the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene gave the 200-bed home until May 7 to come up to standards. The center was fined $50,000 for what state regulators called "an ongoing pattern of serious or life-threatening deficiencies," lost its certification for Medicaid and Medicare payments and was prohibited from taking new patients.

The state vowed to empty the Glen Burnie nursing home if the home did not meet regulations by the deadline. The home is owned by a family corporation, said Michael Francus, secretary-treasurer.

The corporation is currently under bankruptcy protection, claiming about $1 million in assets and $2 million in liabilities, according to papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Baltimore. Global intends to buy the 13.2-acre property and the buildings from the Francus family this summer.

Mr. Sudhalter said about 20 percent to 30 percent of the staff at Wellspring is new. Temporary workers have been replaced by permanent employees, which has meant an improvement in the operations, he said. Mr. Sudhalter also said he plans to change Wellspring's name and image. The home is having a contest today, giving staff, residents and their families a chance to come up with a new name.

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