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Information & Ratings on Fox Subacute at South Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Every nursing home resident deserves to receive the highest level of care through competent nursing professionals. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect are all too common occurrences in Philadelphia County nursing homes. Often, the staff will ignore, mistreat or abuse those they oversee providing care in a safe environment. If your loved one was neglected or died unexpectedly while residing in a nursing home, the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys can provide immediate legal intervention. We can assist the victim and family members in pursuing financial compensation to recover your monetary losses and hold those responsible for causing your harm legally accountable. Let us begin working on your case today.Fox Subacute at South Philadelphia
This Nursing Facility is a “for-profit” Medicare/Medicaid-participating Home providing services to residents of Philadelphia and Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The 53-certified bed Long-Term Care Center is located at:
1930 South Broad Street
Phila, Pennsylvania, 19145
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the facility also offers:
- Medical rehabilitation
- Respiratory therapy
- Palliative care
- Medical care
- Social services
- Sensory stimulation/recreation therapy
Pennsylvania and federal investigators have the legal authority to penalize any nursing home that has been cited for a serious violation that harmed or could have harmed in nursing home resident. Typically, these penalties include imposed monetary fines and denial of payment for Medicare services. Within the last three years, state and federal regulators have not fined Fox Subacute at South Philadelphia but did deny payment for Medicare services on August 7, 2017. Additional documentation about penalties and fines can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health posted surveys website concerning this nursing home.
Our attorneys review data on every long-term and intermediate care facility listed on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health and Medicare.gov websites. This data is a valuable tool to use when choosing the best location to place a loved one who needs the highest level of services and care in a safe environment.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Philadelphia County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Fox Subacute at South Philadelphia that include:
- Failure to Train All Employees on What to Do in an Emergency and Carry Out Announced Staff Drills
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Report of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
- Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment and Care to Prevent the Development of New Pressure Sores or Allow Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies That Prevent Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 8, 2017, a state investigator documented that the nursing home failed to “provide adequate staff training and failed to monitor written fire drill reports and to address staff concerns related to the evacuation of residents.” The investigator’s findings included that the facility “is located on the fourth floor of a multi-use building. The 22-bed unit has 18 residents that are non-ambulatory, and 13 of 18 residents are dependent on a ventilator to support or controlled or breathing.”
Following a drill, the Charge Nurse “on the fourth floor completed a questionnaire regarding staff knowledge of the fire alarm and fire extinguishers, evacuation procedures and fire plan. A fire drill sign-in sheet is completed by anyone who participated in the fire drill.”
Upon review of the fire drill report, it was revealed that this “was the only time that the fire alarm system was activated on the fourth floor. The nurse on the fourth floor made an inquiry regarding secondary evacuation routes. There was no indication that the building engineer responded to the question. The section in the report for staff corrective action to be taken was left blank. Under corrective engineering actions, the engineer wrote [that they would] notify chief engineer for concrete secondary evacuation routes.” However, there was no documentation that anyone responded to the concerns. The fire drill sign-in sheet completed by the Nurse on Duty was dated December 18, 2016, at 19:45.” The fire drill report was “completed by the engineer indicates that the fire alarm was pulled at 20:00, indicating that the staff was aware of the drill before the fire alarm was activated.”
The state investigator documented that the “facility failed to perform fire drills under the direction of a professional trainer; to ensure full staff participation in the fire drill; to ensure consistent review of the procedures to enhance staff knowledge and responses in the event of an emergency unique to the facility.” The investigator also stated that the facility “failed to monitor fire drill reports for accuracy and completeness.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 8, 2017, the state investigators “determined that the facility failed to thoroughly investigate resident grievances for potential violations of neglect and misappropriation of resident property.” The investigator also documented that the facility failed to “report these allegations to the State Survey Agency.” The deficient practice involved two residents at the facility.
The investigator reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Abuse Complaint and Grievance Policy and Incidents and Accidents Reports that reads in part:
“Upon receipt of a complaint by a resident, family member or visitor, the facility will follow up with the resident/family with a resolution or explanation of support that the grievance has been handled to the resident’s/family’s satisfaction.”
“A report will be made to the local State Survey Agency (Pennsylvania Department of Health) on the event [involving the] reporting system of an allegation of misappropriation of the resident funds.”
The state survey team reviewed a facility report submitted by a family member stating that the resident’s family had “complained about the resident being left wet (urinary or fecal incontinence) for more than two hours. Further review of the concern form revealed [that there was] no documentation of a resolution of the grievance, no documentation that the facility investigated this allegation to rule out of neglect occurred related to untimely incontinence care, and there was no documentation that this allegation was reported to the State Survey Agency is required.”
The investigator interviewed the Director of Nurses who “confirmed that there was no documentation that a complete and thorough investigation was conducted to rule out neglect.” The Director also stated that there was “no documentation that this incident was reported to the State Survey Agency as required.”
In a separate incident, an interview with the resident revealed that the resident “had given a debit card to facility staff to pay for the resident’s phone bill.” The resident “further indicated that there are additional unexplained charges on the card and alleges that the facility staff had taken money from her debit card. The resident stated that she reported this concern to the facility staff and that nothing has been done about it.”
The investigator interviewed a social worker at the facility who “confirmed that the resident had reported the concern and the facility had done an investigation into the resident’s concerns.” A review of the facility document Concern, Awareness and Resolution Form revealed that “the facility had [investigated] the resident’s concerns.” The Social Worker revealed that they had “reported the resident’s concerns to the [Nursing Home Administrator].”
However, during an interview with the facility Director of Nurses, it was confirmed that “the facility had not reported [the resident’s] allegation that money was missing from her debit card to the State Survey Agency is required.” The investigator documented that the facility “failed to conduct complete and thorough investigations to rule out resident neglect and misappropriation of personal property and failed to report these allegations to the State Survey Agency as required.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 18, 2017, the state agency surveyor “determined that the facility failed to maintain a comprehensive infection control program related to not fully developing and implementing the infection control committee [involving] improper hand hygiene during wound care.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident.”
As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor interviewed the Infection Control Practitioner and Director of Nurses that revealed that “the infection control committee meets monthly. However, they have not maintained an attendance log for the meeting.” As a part of the interview, these two employees “confirmed that the infection control committee does not contain a representative from the community as required, and laboratory and pharmacy personnel do not attend is required.”
The interview also revealed that “the facility has had two separate occurrences of reportable Health Care-associated infections since the beginning of the calendar year. Further interview with the Infection Control Practitioner and Director of Nurses confirmed that “the facility did not report the occurrences electronically to the Department of Health or the Patient Safety Authority as required.” Both employees also “confirmed that no written notification had been sent to either the resident or the responsible parties related to them developing a Health Care-associated infection, while in the facility.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated August 7, 2017, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “implement their policy related to an investigation of an injury of unknown origin.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one resident.” The investigator reviewed the resident’s clinical records showing that the resident had suffered acute renal failure and was “severely impaired cognitively.”
The investigator reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Accidents and Incidents – Investigating and Reporting that reads in part:
“All accidents or incidents occurring on our premises must be investigated and reported to the Administrator, under the heading Reporting of Accident/Incidents, it is stated:
Regardless of how minor an accident or incident may be, including injuries of an unknown source, it must be reported to the Department supervisor;
An accident or incident report form must be completed on the shift that the accident or incident occurred;
Injuries of unknown origin must be fully investigated.”
The state investigator reviewed a patient’s clinical records and Progress Note that showed that the Director of Nurses assessed a resident’s “eye because the eye looked puffy.” The same Progress Note concluded that the resident’s “eye looked puffy. No signs of discoloration to the eye. Will continue to monitor.” However, the investigator stated that there was “no documentation available for review to show that” the nursing staff monitored the resident's eye.
Subsequently, the resident was seen by their physician. However, “there was no documentation to show that the physician was notified of any concerns related to the resident’s eye or showed that the physician assessed the resident’s eye. A different Nursing Progress Note revealed that the resident “was noted with a red eye and discoloration to the left eye, eye opened redness noted inside the eye as if a blood vessel disrupted.”
The investigator reviewed the facility documentation that revealed “an investigation was initiated… related to the facility staff noting that [the resident’s] left eye was red, discoloration noted to the outside of the eye and redness inside as if the vessel burst in the eye.” The investigator documented that the “facility failed to implement their policy [promptly] for one resident with an injury of unknown origin.”
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