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State health department lifts halt to senior care facility’s admissions


Farragut Health Care Center on Kingston Pike in Farragut was ordered to cease admitting new residents after the Tennessee Health Department the facility came up short on state standards.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
A West Knox County senior health care facility was ordered to cease admitting new residents following an inspection by the Tennessee Department of Health.

In a Nov. 4 letter to Farragut Health Care Center administrator/owner Ronald E. Lawrence from Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson, state health commissioner, the state health agency stated: “On Oct. 26-30, 2003, surveyors for the department of health conducted a survey at your nursing home pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 68-11-210. Upon exiting the facility on Oct. 30, the surveyors notified you or your representative of the possibility of the issuance of a suspension of admissions and a Type A civil monetary penalty, due to deficient practices and conditions in the home, which are, or are likely to be, detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the residents.


“As commissioner of the Tennessee Health Department, I find, based upon the survey report that the conditions at Farragut Health Care Center are, or are likely to be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents due to violations of quality of care standards, medication storage standards, nursing services standards, and staff education standards. Specifically, the deficiencies pertain to: compliance with physicians’ orders, failure to report resident condition change, medication administration and storage, and special services staff training.”

The letter further stated that the commissioner had suspended the admission of new residents to the facility and imposed a “Type A civil monetary penalty in the amount of $1,750.

The suspension took effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Rick Sharpe, who assumed the position as executive director of the Farragut Health Care Center on Tuesday, Nov. 4, said that the letter of suspension was an unexpected greeting.

Sharpe, who has served in health care facilities for the past 12 years, said in a telephone interview Friday, Nov. 14, that the deficiencies noted in the state health department report had all been addressed by the Farragut Health Care Center, and that the state had reinspected and reinstated its admission privileges.

Sharpe added that all health care facilities are inspected by the state each year.

Diane Denton, director of the Tennessee Health Department, concurred that Farragut Health Care Center had addressed and corrected the deficiencies noted in the state inspection conducted by Mary Ann Dyke of the East Tennessee regional office.

Denton said that “since June nine out of the 343” health care providers licensed statewide have been cited for deficiencies noted during routine, unannounced inspections by surveyors of the Tennessee Department of Health.

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A West Knox County senior health care facility was ordered to cease admitting new residents following an inspection by the Tennessee Department of Health.

In a Nov. 4 letter to Farragut Health Care Center administrator/owner Ronald E. Lawrence from Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson, state health commissioner, the state health agency stated: “On Oct. 26-30, 2003, surveyors for the department of health conducted a survey at your nursing home pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 68-11-210. Upon exiting the facility on Oct. 30, the surveyors notified you or your representative of the possibility of the issuance of a suspension of admissions and a Type A civil monetary penalty, due to deficient practices and conditions in the home, which are, or are likely to be, detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the residents.

“As commissioner of the Tennessee Health Department, I find, based upon the survey report that the conditions at Farragut Health Care Center are, or are likely to be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents due to violations of quality of care standards, medication storage standards, nursing services standards, and staff education standards. Specifically, the deficiencies pertain to: compliance with physicians’ orders, failure to report resident condition change, medication administration and storage, and special services staff training.”

The letter further stated that the commissioner had suspended the admission of new residents to the facility and imposed a “Type A civil monetary penalty in the amount of $1,750.

The suspension took effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Rick Sharpe, who assumed the position as executive director of the Farragut Health Care Center on Tuesday, Nov. 4, said that the letter of suspension was an unexpected greeting.

Sharpe, who has served in health care facilities for the past 12 years, said in a telephone interview Friday, Nov. 14, that the deficiencies noted in the state health department report had all been addressed by the Farragut Health Care Center, and that the state had reinspected and reinstated its admission privileges.

Sharpe added that all health care facilities are inspected by the state each year.

Diane Denton, director of the Tennessee Health Department, concurred that Farragut Health Care Center had addressed and corrected the deficiencies noted in the state inspection conducted by Mary Ann Dyke of the East Tennessee regional office.

Denton said that “since June nine out of the 343” health care providers licensed statewide have been cited for deficiencies noted during routine, unannounced inspections by surveyors of the Tennessee Department of Health.

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