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Vernon Health and Rehabilitation Center (SFF)
This long-term care home is a "non-profit" 119-certified bed center providing cares and services to residents of Wabash and Wabash County, Indiana. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
1955 S Vernon St
Wabash, Indiana 46992
Vernon Health and Rehabilitation Center (SFF)
Financial Penalties and Violations
Special Focus Facility: the federal government has deemed Vernon Health and Rehab a Special Focus Facility (SSF) citing that the home has “a history of persistent poor quality of care, as indicated by the findings of state or federal inspection teams.” This designation “means that the facility is subjected to more frequent inspections, escalating penalties, and potential termination for Medicare and Medicaid.”
It is the legal responsibility of Indiana and federal government investigators to hold nursing homes accountable if they have violated rules and regulations that harmed or could have harmed a resident. These penalties include monetary fines and the denial of payment for Medicare services.
Within the last thirty-six months, investigators imposed three monetary penalties against Vernon Health and Rehabilitation Center (SFF), citing substandard care. These penalties include a $39,158 fine on October 17, 2017, a $31,000 fine on August 14, 2017, and a $13,239 fine on February 20, 2017, for a total of $83,397.
This nursing facility also received ten complaints and self-reported four serious issues over the last three years that resulted in violation citations. Additional information about this nursing home can be found on the Indiana Nursing Home Report Cards Website.
Wabash Indiana Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The federal government and Indiana 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, two 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 date #F600 September 6, 2018
According to state investigators, “the facility failed to ensure residents were free from abuse in the form of verbal, physical and intimidation.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff “had the potential to affect sixty-five cognitively impaired residents residing on three of three hallways.”
Based on the violation, investigators determined an Immediate Jeopardy existed when a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “provided care in an intimidating, physically and verbally abusive manner to [two residents] and was intimidating and verbally abusive to [two other residents].” The surveyors reviewed the Indiana Department of Health Reportable documenting an alleged event dated August 30, 2018.
The report indicated that one Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “reported a concern to the administrator related to an allegation of verbal abuse.” That CNA reported, “she was providing the resident care with [a second CNA] on August 30, 2018.” The first CNA indicated “she could not stand the way [the second CNA] treated the residents.”
The Administrator, Director of Nursing, and Social Services Director conducted an internal event investigation and determined that the allegedly abusive CNA “was king of yanking [the resident] around and calling her a d--- a--.” The resident “was placed on the toilet while [the allegedly abusive CNA] was being rough with her.”
The resident had a bowel movement on the toilet and her shirt. The CNA “got mad and yanked her up off the toilet and yanked her shirt off and then said, ‘if I could rip the shirt in f------ half, I would, I am so p-----.” The allegedly abusive CNA started assisting the resident and got the resident’s clothes and “and was heard saying, “get up here with your nasty a--.”
The administration suspended the CNA “pending an investigation.”
Need to Hold Vernon Health and Rehabilitation Center (SFF) Accountable for Neglect? We Can Help
Do you suspect that your loved one is the victim of mistreatment while living at Vernon Health and Rehabilitation Center (SFF)? Contact the Indiana nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Wabash County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas including Wabash.
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