Information & Ratings on Barnes-Kasson County Hospital, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania

Attorneys for Abused & Mistreated Residents at Barnes-Kasson County Hospital

Barnes-Kasson County HospitalIf you were already overcome with emotions because you needed to place your loved one in a nursing home, you are likely overwhelmed after you realized that they had been neglected, abused or mistreated at the hands of their caregivers or another resident. The Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys have represented many nursing home victims in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania and recovered millions in settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of our clients. We understand that it is the nursing home’s responsibility to provide care, shelter, and food in a compassionate, safe environment. When the nursing staff and the administration fails to provide the highest level of care, they should be held financially and legally accountable for their inappropriate action. Talk with us today about how we can help.

Barnes-Kasson County Hospital

This Center is a 58-certified bed Facility providing services to residents of Susquehanna and Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The “not-for-profit” Long-Term Care Home is located at:

2872 Turnpike Street
Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, 18847
(570) 853-3135

In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, Barnes-Kasson County Hospital also offers:

  • Restorative nursing care
  • Physical, speech and occupational therapies
  • Social services
Financial Penalties and Violations One Star Rating

Federal investigators can penalize nursing facilities with monetary fines and denied payment for Medicare services after the nursing home is cited for serious violations of rules and regulations that harmed or could have harmed residents. Within the last three years, Barnes-Kasson County Hospital has not received any fines. Additional documentation about penalties and fines can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website concerning this nursing home.

“Failed to implement … planned … approaches to prevent a fall for a resident identified at high risk for falls.” – PA State Inspector
Susquehanna Pennsylvania Nursing Home Residents Safety Concerns

Our attorneys have obtained and reviewed data on every Pennsylvania long-term care home from various online publically available sources including the PA Department of Public Health website and Medicare.gov. The updated information serves as an essential tool when making an informed decision of placing a loved one in facility-care. Additionally, the data can help families better understand the type of care their loved one is currently receiving at the care center.

According to Medicare, the facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, four out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Susquehanna County abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have reviewed numerous safety concerns and deficiencies at Barnes-Kasson County Hospital including:

  • Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies and Procedures That Prevent Abuse, Neglect, and Mistreatment
  • In a summary statement of deficiencies dated April 13, 2018, a state investigator documented the nursing home’s failure to “implement established procedures for timely reporting and investigating an allegation of alleged physical assault.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident. As part of the investigation, the surveyor reviewed the facility’s revised policy titled: Resident Rights – Abuse and Neglect that reads in part:

    “Any employee who witnesses an act of abuse will report it immediately to the investigation coordinator.”

    The investigator stated that the “reporting chain was noted as Nurse Supervisor, Investigation Coordinator, and Nursing Home Administrator. All incidents of abuse are to be reported immediately to the above-mentioned staff. The Nurse Supervisor and Investigation Coordinator will follow the procedure for reporting the incident and serious offense to the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), Pennsylvania Department of Health (State Survey Agency) and the local police department. The incident must be reported no later than two hours after the allegation is made.”

    The state surveying team reviewed the resident’s Clinical Record and a Report Form for Investigation of Alleged Resident Abuse. The report revealed that an Activity Aide at the facility “reported an allegation of resident abuse.” The Incident Investigation Form revealed the three employees “were [assisting in] a resident activity. During the activity, [the allegedly abused resident] attempted to rise from her chair and walk on her own.” One Activity Aide stated that another Activity Aide “put her hand on each of the resident’s arms and pushed the resident back down in the chair.” The third Aide “witnessed the incident.”

    The three employees completed a Caregivers’ Data Collection and Incident Report form involving the incident. However, a review of the Incident Report for Altercation Aggression revealed the incident occurred, but it was “not reported to the Director of Nurses” promptly. The state surveyor interviewed the Nursing Home Administrator who “confirmed the facility’s abuse prohibition procedures were not followed.”

  • Failure to Ensure Residents Are Provided an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provided Adequate Supervision to Prevent Accidents
  • In a summary statement of deficiencies dated April 13, 2018, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "implement individually planned or effective approaches to prevent a fall for a resident identified at high risk for falls.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff resulted in injury to the resident. The state surveyor reviewed the facility policy titled: Assessment of Fall Risk that included a Fall Prevention Program that read:

    “Thorough assessment, appropriate intervention, rigorous documentation and regular evaluation, each employee will prioritize and assist with the prevention of falls. Utilizing the nursing process, plans of care will be developed by the nurse addressing the resident specific factors which may contribute to the resident’s risk for falls.”

    The state surveying team reviewed the resident’s Quarterly MDS (Minimum Data Set) and BIMS (Brief Interview for Mental Status) that revealed that the resident was “totally dependent on two persons for transfers assistance and bed mobility” and identified the resident “as being at high risk for falls.” The resident’s Care Plan revealed “the goal of keeping the resident free from falls and injuries and a planned intervention was to keep the remote to the resident’s recliner on the table, not in the chair.”

    A review of the resident’s investigation “indicated that the remote to the recliner chair was kept in the lower pocket of the chair, clipped to the chair and the resident does not use the remote. The staff used the chair remote control to transfer the resident out of the chair.” However, a review of the Facility Incident Investigation showed that “while the resident was in her room, she used the remote control to adjust her recliner chair and elevated it to the standing position. The resident slid out of the chair onto her buttocks and had complaints of pain in her right leg. The physician was made aware at the time and ordered the resident to be sent to the hospital” where the emergency team identified her injuries.

    The surveyor interviewed the facility Director of Nurses who said that “intervention was put in place to have the remote to the recliner out of the resident’s reach due to the [history] of the resident reaching for the remote.” The Director also stated that “a new intervention that the facility planned after the fall was to ensure that the recliner chair is unplugged from the wall … after transferring the resident to the recliner.” However, the Director said that there “was no statement from the staff to place the resident in the chair in evidence of the location of the remote control after the staff to transfer the resident into the recliner.” The Director also said that “unplugging the chair from the wall outlet would have prevented the resident from using the remote to raise the chair, which had resulted in the fall with serious injury.”

    In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated March 10, 2017, the state investigator documented the facility’s failure to “maintain an environment free of potential accident hazards.” The deficient practice concerned four residents at the facility.

    “Failed to maintain an environment free of potential accident hazards.” – PA State Inspector

    One incident involved a severely cognitively impaired resident who “required assistance of two staff for transfers, ambulation and toileting. The resident was also identified as at risk for falls.” The state investigator observed the resident “seated in the recliner chair in his room with the overbed table in front of him. A floor mat … was observed located approximately eight inches away from the chair, positioned horizontally next to the bed near the wall, and in front of the resident.” However, the investigator documented that there was “no evidence that the facility had assessed the placement of the fall mat as a potential tripping hazard for this resident.”

    The surveying team interviewed the facility Director of Nurses who “failed to provide evidence that the fall mats that were placed on the floor in front of the resident’s while out of bed in the recliner chairs were evaluated for their potential as a tripping hazard.”

    >Failure to Ensure That Nurses and Nurses’ Aides Have the Appropriate Competencies to Care for Every Resident in a Way That Maximizes Their Well-Being

    In a summary statement of deficiencies dated April 13, 2018, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “ensure that nursing staff possessed the necessary competencies and skills to promote resident safety and comfort while eating.” The deficient practice involved one resident at the facility who was observed in the dining room during a lunch meal while “seated in the Broda chair (tilt and recline) positioning chairs (wheelchairs) for long-term care, used in a reclining position for sitting and placed in the upright position for eating. During this observation, [the resident’s] Broda chair was in the reclining position, and the resident’s chin was at the dining table level. The resident appeared to be unable to visualize the food items and utensils that were positioned at the back of the tray. All of the resident’s food items were served in bowls.” The resident “was observed placing the bowls in her lap in an attempt to eat and was observed spilling food and liquids onto her lap.”

  • Failure to Ensure Nurse’s Aides Have the Skills They Need to Care for Residents and Give the Nurse’s Aides Education and Dementia Care and Abuse Prevention
  • In a summary statement of deficiencies dated April 13, 2018, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "ensure that at least 12 hours of annual nurse aide educational training was provided for nurse aides at the facility.” The deficient practice involved a review of the facility’s annual mandatory in-service training for Nurses’ Aides.” The state surveyor said that there was “no documented evidence that the facility-maintained records that demonstrated all nurse aides met the annual minimum in-service training requirements of 12 hours.” During an interview with the facility Director of Nurses, it was confirmed that “the facility does not provide a minimum of 12-hour nurse a mandatory education training on a yearly basis” as required by law.

  • Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident, the Resident’s Doctor or Family Member of a Change in the Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
  • In a summary statement of deficiencies dated March 2, 2016, state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “timely consult with the physician regarding a change in condition or the need to alter treatment.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident. The investigator reviewed the facility policy titled: Physician Notification that read in part:

    “The purpose of the policy is to provide for timely reporting by the nursing staff to the attending physicians when residents require medical interventions or have symptoms/indications of illness/injury [to] attain or maintain their highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being.”

    A review of the resident’s medical records revealed that “there was no evidence at the time of the survey that the physician was notified of the resident’s low blood sugar readings.” During an interview with the facility Director of Nurses, it was revealed that the policy says “the procedure [involves] staff to call the physician if a resident’s blood sugar was 60 or below. The Director confirmed that the physician was not contacted regarding the above low blood pressure sugar readings.”

We You Abused or Neglected at Barnes-Kasson County Hospital?

If you believe your loved one has been harmed or injured while a resident at Barnes-Kasson County Hospital, call Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 now. Our law firm fights aggressively on behalf of Susquehanna County victims of mistreatment living in long-term centers including nursing homes in Susquehanna. Our knowledgeable attorneys have years of experience in handling cases that involve nursing home abuse occurring in private and public nursing facilities. 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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