State closes nursing home 40 elderly residents moved

February 24, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

State health officials have moved more than 40 elderly residents out of a Baltimore nursing home after finding repeated problems that ranged from improperly prepared food to rusted bathtubs.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has begun action to decertify Park Manor Nursing Home, barring the owner from participating in the Medicaid program. The action effectively shuts the home down.

"The deficiencies we found this month could have led to problems," said Carol Benner, director of licensing and certification for the state health department. "This nursing home had been a poor performer, and we worked hard to get it to comply with the regulations."

Ms. Benner said the home failed three out of four annual inspections, in 1992, 1994 and 1995. After the latest problems were noted, she said the home promised to fix them. "But when we went back, the plan of correction had not been implemented," Ms. Benner said.

The owner of Park Manor, in the 1800 block of Eutaw Place, was identified as Henry Goldbaum. He could not be reached for comment. A woman who answered the phone at the nursing home said the owner "has no statement to make."

State officials took action on Wednesday. The 43 residents were place in other nursing homes.

Problems include deficiencies in the environment, quality of care and quality of life.

Specifically, Ms. Benner said inspectors found broken pipes, peeling paint, floor tiles that had been pulled up, leaky faucets and rusted bathtubs.

She said state officials also found problems with the nursing staff. For example, Ms. Benner said a patient's allergy "wasn't listed correctly on medical records." She could not elaborate on problems with food, but said it involved dietary issues and food preparation.

None of the problems resulted in injuries to patients, Ms. Benner said.

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