Information & Ratings on Baldwin Health Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Attorneys for Neglected & Abused Patients at Baldwin Health Center

Baldwin Health CenterThe decision to entrust the management of care of a loved one to the staff at a nursing facility can never be easy. In many cases, the nursing facility staff will assure the family that they will follow established standards of care that does not happen. When the family observes mistreatment, it is often the result of mismanagement, lack sufficient staff, or poor hiring practices that employ abusive caregivers. If the nursing home has misled you and the staff, employees, other residents, or visitors has victimized your loved one; the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys can help. Our legal team has represented many nursing home residents who are harmed at facilities throughout Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and can help your family too.

Baldwin Health Center

This facility is a 200-certified bed “for profit” Long-Term Care Home providing services and cares to residents of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating Center is located at:

1717 Skyline Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15227
(412) 885-8400

In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers other services including:

  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Electrical stimulation therapy
  • Infrared therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Outpatient dialysis
  • Amputee care
  • Physical, speech and occupational therapies
  • Outpatient rehabilitation
  • Return home options
  • Cancer care
  • Cardiac rehab care
  • Bipolar disorder care
  • Pain management
  • Wound care
  • Gastronomy care
  • Frailty care
  • Intensive IV therapy
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s care
Financial Penalties and Violations One Star Rating

State surveyors and federal investigators can penalize nursing homes by denying payment for Medicare services or imposing monetary fines if the facility has been cited for a serious violation of a regulation or rule that harmed or could have harmed residents. Within the last three years, investigators have not fined Baldwin Health Care. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website concerning this nursing facility.

Failure to "investigate allegations of possible neglect for two residents.” – PA State Inspector
Pittsburg Pennsylvania Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

The Pennsylvania and federal government nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their care home database system containing the complete list of all safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations, incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, and filed complaints. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov and the PA Department of Public Health website.

According to Medicare, the facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars involving health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures. The Allegheny County neglect lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center have reviewed numerous health violations, deficiencies and safety concerns occurring at Baldwin Health Center that include:

  • Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies and Forbid Mistreatment, Neglect, and Abuse of Residents
  • In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 18, 2017, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "investigate allegations of possible neglect for two residents.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved a review of a Grievance/Complaint Report dated June 10, 2017, indicating that the resident’s “sister made an allegation on June 9, 2017, [when] his lunch was placed in front of him, and staff did not feed him.” The state investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nurses on August 18, 2017, who confirmed that the resident’s “sister’s allegation of possible neglect was not investigated to determine if neglect was present.”

    The state investigator interviewed the resident’s family member who indicated that “on August 6, 2017, the family arrived at 11:20 AM to visit and found [the resident] seated in the dining room with an uneaten food tray in front of her. The family stated that they confronted staff about [the resident] not being fed and were told they thought she was fed.” The “tray was identified as her breakfast tray.” The investigator interviewed the Assistant Director of Nurses who confirmed that the resident “was not fed breakfast, and the allegation of neglect was not investigated as required.”

  • Failure to Provide Residents the Necessary Care and Services to Maintain Their Highest Well-Being
  • In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 18, 2017, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “provide supervised meals for [two residents] and failed to weigh three residents” per physician’s orders. In one incident, the investigator observed a resident who “was in bed and the food tray in front of her. Two cups of juice were found on [the tray] with fluids over the tray, and other foods were pushed off the plate.” The surveyor interviewed a Registered Nurse that morning who “confirmed the facility failed to provide supervision during meals for [that resident] as per the physician’s orders.”

  • Failure to Ensure That Residents Receive Treatment/Services That Not Only Continue, Been Improve the Ability to Care for Themselves
  • In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 18, 2017, a state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “train restorative nurse staff and provide restorative nurse services for [two residents].” The investigator reviewed the facility Restorative Policy dated July 13, 2017, that reads in part:

    “The center has an active Restorative Nursing Program directed toward maximizing the quality of life, promoting wellness, preventing additional loss of independence, and services provided are recorded in the resident’s medical record.”

    The investigator reviewed a resident’s Care Plan dated May 19, 2017, that revealed that the resident “will not show a decline in the level of functioning by completing restorative nursing program goals. The Care Plan documents interventions such as range of motion exercises to all extremities 20 times for 15 minutes daily.” However, a review of the resident’s March 9, 2016 Progress Notes revealed that the “resident has been refusing her restorative range of motion program frequently. A referral [was] sent to rehabilitation services to re-train. No additional notations documented that the resident received restorative nursing services.”

  • Failure to Ensure the Nursing Facility Remains Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Residents Are Provided Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
  • In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 18, 2017, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "maintain a system to monitor and analyze incidents and accidents to minimize the potential of recurrence for 10 to 12 months…” The state investigator interviewed the Nursing Home Administrator and Director of Nurses and requested that they “provide documentation that [shows how] the facility on a routine basis, monitors accidents and other incidents, trends data according to professional standards, records these and clinical or other records and utilizes a system to prevent or minimize further accidents and incidents.”

    Failure to "monitor and analyze … accidents to minimize the potential of recurrence” – PA State Inspector

    The Administrator and Director provided documentation that contained a list of “incidents involving residents that included medication errors, skin tears, falls, and bruises.” However, “no analysis data could be found in the log.” The Director stated that “individual incidents are monitored, but analysis information was reviewed only by the Quality Assurance Meetings…” The Director confirmed that “the facility failed to maintain a system to monitor and analyze all incidents in accidents to minimize recurrence is required.”

  • Failure to Provide Adequate Staffing to Care for Every Resident in a Way That Maximizes Their Well-Being
  • In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 18, 2017, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “provide adequate staffing to complete nursing services for [two residents at the facility]. The investigator reviewed the facility July 13, 2017, Restorative Policy that states in part:

    “The center has an active Restorative Nursing Program directed toward maximizing the quality of life, promoting wellness, preventing additional loss of independence, and services provided are recorded in the resident’s medical record.”

    The investigator reviewed a resident’s Order Summary Report dated August 16, 2017, that indicated that the resident “should receive restorative treatment.” However, during an interview with the Director of Nurses, it was confirmed that “there is not a Restorative Program and no Restorative Progress Notes for [that resident].”

  • Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Programs That Investigate, Control and Keep Infections from Spreading
  • In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 18, 2017, a notation was by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "provide a sanitary environment to prevent possible cross-contamination during a medication pass.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved two residents at the facility. The state investigator observed a medication administration performed by a Registered Nurse (RN) who prepared a resident’s “medications and dropped the pill on top of the medication cart, picked up the pill with gloved hands, placed in the medication cup, and administered [the possibly contaminated pill] to the resident.”

    Next, the same RN “administered an insulin injection to [the resident], removed gloves, walked to the hallway with insulin syringe [that was] disposed of in a Sharps container, contacted the top of the medication cart, bent down to adjust socks, then readjusted hair to perform handwashing.” The investigator interviewed the Registered Nurse who “confirmed that the facility failed to prevent the potential for cross-contamination during the medication administration for [that resident].”

    A separate observation of another medication administration revealed a different Registered Nurse preparing a resident’s “medication by pouring the medication from the bottle into his ungloved hand and placing it in the medication cup and administered it to [the resident].” The investigator interviewed that Registered Nurse who “confirmed that the facility failed to prevent the potential for cross-contamination during the medication administration for [that resident].”

    Failure to “provide a sanitary, homelike environment” – PA State Inspector
  • Failure to Honor the Resident’s Right to a Safe, Clean, Comfortable and Homelike Environment
  • In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 15, 2018, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “provide a sanitary, homelike environment for [three residents at the facility]” in units A-1, V-1, and C-2). The state investigator conducted an initial tour of the facility where “an offensive odor was noted in A-1,” and a “strong urine odor was noted in C-2.”

    The state investigator interviewed the facility Housekeeping Employee who “confirmed the strong urine odor in C-2” and confirmed that the facility “does not provide a sanitary/homelike environment.” One resident was interviewed by the state surveyor who stated that “her room often smells of urine because the staff does not empty her bedpan timely.” A subsequent observation was made in the Unit B-1 where the surveyor identified an offensive odor. A resident in that unit stated that “she felt her room has an odor because of the pressure sore and absence of air fresheners.”

  • Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident, Resident’s Doctor or Family Member of a Change in the Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Health or Injury
  • In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 22, 2017, a formal complaint against the facility was opened by a state investigator for its failure to “notify the physician of a medication that was not available for [one resident].” The investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Missing Medication Incident dated January 9, 2017, that reads in part:

    “In the event, the medication is not available from the e- kit or emergency pharmacy, a Charge Nurse will notify the physician immediately to receive a hold order or a change in medication that is currently available.”

    A review of a resident’s Medication Administration Record revealed that the resident did not receive a nasal spray medication that was ordered by the physician. A review of the Interdisciplinary Progress Notes “did not include documentation that [the resident’s] physician was notified that the medication was not available.” The investigator interviewed a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner who indicated that “she was not notified that [the resident’s] medication was not available.” An interview with the resident’s physician revealed that “he was not notified that the medication was not available.”

Do You Need More Information concerning Baldwin Health Center?

If you believe your loved one was neglected, abused or mistreated while residing as a resident at Baldwin Health Center, call Pennsylvania Pittsburgh nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 now. Our law firm fights aggressively on behalf of Allegheny County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Pittsburg. Our seasoned attorneys can assist your family in successfully resolving your financial compensation claim against the nursing facility and staff that caused your loved one harm. Contact us now to schedule a free case review to discuss how to obtain justice and resolve a financial compensation claim. Let us fight aggressively on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected.

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