Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN, has suspended new admissions of patients to Beech Tree Manor nursing home and imposed a state civil monetary penalty of $1,500. The state also has recommended that a federal civil penalty be imposed at $6,175 a day until the violations are corrected. A special monitor will be appointed to review the center's operations.
Beech Tree Manor, a 110-bed licensed nursing home located at 240 Hospital Road in Jellico, was ordered not to admit any new patients based on conditions found during an annual survey conducted August 21 through August 24. During the investigation, surveyors found violations of administration, resident protection, performance improvement, quality of care, notification of condition changes, physicians' orders; and nursing services standards.
The Commissioner may suspend admissions to a nursing home when conditions are determined to be, or are likely to be, detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents. The order to suspend admissions remains effective until conditions have been and continue to remain corrected. A copy of the order must be posted at the public entrance where it can be plainly seen.
The nursing home has the right to a hearing regarding the suspension of admissions before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge.