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Valley West Health Care Center
Do you suspect that the injury your loved one obtained while living in a Lane County nursing facility could have been prevented had the nursing staff followed the established procedures and protocols? Was there harm through resident-to-resident abuse or staff-to-resident negligence? If so, contact the Oregon Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for legal assistance.
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This nursing home is a Medicare and Medicaid-participating "for-profit" center providing cares and services to residents of Eugene and Lane County, Oregon. The 121-certified bed nursing facility is located at:
2300 Warren Street
Eugene, Oregon 97405
Valley West Health Care Center
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Valley West Health Care Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
Both the federal government and the state of Oregon can impose monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare of any nursing facility that has been found to have violated the established nursing home rules and regulations.
Within the last thirty-six months, federal investigators imposed two monetary penalties against Valley West Health Care Center, citing substandard care. These penalties include a $7,150 fine on February 1, 2018, and $11,053 fine on December 12, 2016, for a total of $18,203.
This nursing facility received twenty-five complaints and self-reported two serious issues over the last three years that resulted in violation citations. Additional documentation concerning penalties and fines can be reviewed on the Oregon Department of Human Services Website.
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research Medicare.gov and the Oregon Department of Public Health website database systems for a complete list of deficiencies, violations, and citations.
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 four out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Protect Every Resident from All Forms of Abuse Including Physical and Sexual Assault, Physical Punishment, and Neglect by Anybody – citation #F600 date October 18, 2018
The state investigators determined that “the facility failed to prevent verbal abuse for [one resident] reviewed for abuse. This [deficient practice] placed the resident at risk for verbal abuse.”
The surveyors interviewed the resident’s Physician’s orders and Nurse’s Note dated July 27, 2018, at 9:59 PM.” The document revealed that “the resident was placed on alert charting for signs and symptoms of emotional distress. The note indicated the resident yelled out at the beginning of the shift (2:00 PM) because the resident wanted assistance.”
The note indicated that “the resident was medicated for increased anxiety with [as needed medication] with positive results. The resident did not show signs of pain or discomfort, emotional distress, or changes from the baseline by the evening meal.”
Documentation dated the following day revealed that the day before at 2:30 PM, the resident “became verbally upset and frustrated and was screaming at Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) staff who were attempting to determine the resident’s needs.” The Director of Nursing Services “intervened and began talking too loud in an attempt to talk over the resident and pointing her finger at the resident.”
The investigation indicated that the Director “was immediately suspended, the State agency and Physician were notified, and the resident was monitored for emotional distress. The investigation determined abuse could not be substantiated because the resident had no memory of the event, no known adverse effects, and interviews with staff or inconsistent.”
A review of the resident’s Narcotic Medication Sheet from that day revealed that the resident received 0.25 mg of an antianxiety medication at 2:30 PM when the incident began. Further review shows that the resident continued to receive the medication three times a day at 5 mg.
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) indicated that at the time of the incident, the resident was yelling out for assistance. The Director of Nursing “went into the resident’s room and started yelling at the resident to stop yelling, or the resident would need to find another place to live.”
Do you suspect that your loved one suffered injury or died prematurely while living at Valley West Health Care Center? Contact the Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Lane County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas, including Eugene.
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