The Daytona Beach News Journal had an article about the findings against Ridgecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for various and significant violations including when a patient was ignored as he had lain for almost 12 hours with broken bones. Hopefully, the authorities will terminate its ability to collect taxpayer funds from Medicare and Medicaid after a state review found conditions there harmful to residents.
Barbara Fasold, 76, fell out of bed at Ridgecrest while her bedding was changed at 5 a.m. on Feb. 19 — breaking both legs and her left shoulder. Rescue workers weren’t summoned to take her to the hospital until after the next shift came on about 4:45 p.m.. The report states that Fasold’s X-rays were completed by 8:40 a.m. the day she fell, but the nursing facility’s staff didn’t read them until 4 p.m. She was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center and admitted for her injuries. Ultimately, however, she died at a hospice facility, six days after she fell. "There was no evidence of the staff attempting to secure the (X-ray) results before then, even after the resident complained of pain," the report states.
A letter from Robert Dickson, field-office manager for the Agency for Health Care Administration’s Quality Control Division, states that his agency is recommending to the federal government the facility be fined $250 a day, retroactive to Feb. 19, until Ridgecrest is in compliance with state nursing-home standards. Also, if the facility is not in "substantial compliance" by Sept. 15, the state agency will recommend that its contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid be terminated.
Dickson’s office issued a letter to the facility March 4, based on the inspection report from Feb. 18, that said, "no discernible deficiencies were noted on the day of this survey."
The new findings gave poor marks to the care for two out of 10 residents whose cases were reviewed. The 59-page report and plan of correction stand in stark contrast to a routine inspection report based on a visit to the 160-bed facility the day before the patient was hurt — when no deficiencies were found. What a surprise.