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Information & Ratings on Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Some statistics show that more than one million Americans currently live in nursing homes. Many of these patients are our mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, children, and friends. Families often relocate their loved one into a nursing home believing that they will receive the best care and improve quality of life in a safe environment.
Unfortunately, mistreatment still occurs in many nursing homes, including those in Luzerne County. If your loved one was injured or died prematurely while residing in a nursing home, contact the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Let our team of abuse prevention lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive monetary compensation for your damages.Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
This long-term care home is a "for profit" 297-certified bed center providing cares and services to residents of Hazleton and Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
403 Hazle Township Boulevard
Hazleton, Pennsylvania 18202
Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes long-term care, memory care, system living options, and rehabilitative care.
The investigators for the federal government and state of Pennsylvania nursing home regulatory agencies have the legal authority to impose monetary fines or deny payment for Medicare services if the nursing facility is cited for serious violations of rules and regulations.
Within the last three years, investigators imposed two monetary penalties against Mountain City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, citing substandard care. These penalties include a $11,248 fine on June 22, 2018, and a $14,279 fine on November 01, 2017, for a total of $25,527.
This nursing facility also received twenty-eight complaints and self-reported four serious issues over the last three years that resulted in violation citations. Additional documentation concerning penalties and fines can be reviewed on the Pennsylvania Nursing Home Report Website.
The federal government and Pennsylvania Department of Public Health website update comprehensive information containing historical details of all citations and violations.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents – citation date June 22, 2018
According to state investigators, “the facility failed to provide sufficient staff supervision necessary to prevent falls with serious injuries.” The investigation involved a resident “at risk for falls.” In a separate incident, the nursing home failed to prevent elopement by one resident and prevent a resident with known unsafe behavior from removing life-sustaining equipment.”
One incident involved a review of hospital documentation showing that the resident had pre-operation status involving significant swelling of the upper airway anatomy related to cervical trauma. “There was also an extreme amount of thick upper airway secretions coding the upper airway mucosa (lining). This created a challenge of placing the endotracheal tube” in the right place.
Documentation shows that the resident “was positioned in a chair with a pressure pad alarm intact and functioning, the call bell in reach and a one-on-one sitter.” The resident had admission Physician order to maintain neck stability using a cervical collar at all times except when providing hygiene assistance.
Later nurse documentation revealed that “the resident was in bed, awake with confusion, alert to person, but confusion to place and time.” A Nurse Note indicated that the resident “removed the Aspen collar and the connected oxygen from the trach. One-to-one nursing intervention was provided to the resident at that time with little success, according to the nurse documentation. The resident stated, ‘I need to get to my house, can you take me there? The nursing staff reapplied the Aspen collar and oxygen.”
Later, documentation showed that staff arrived at the resident’s room and noticed that the Aspen collar was completely dislodged. The Licensed Nurse made several unsuccessful attempts to reinsert the trach. The Physician was contacted along with emergency transport services. The resident was sent to the hospital where [the equipment was reinserted].
Later that evening, at 12:08 AM, the nursing staff was called to the resident’s room. At that time, the resident “had removed the Aspen collar” which could not be reinserted. The resident was transported again to the hospital where the facility received a phone call informing them that the resident “had expired.”
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