Nursing home in the clear on health citations

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All health citations against the long-term care facility Columbus Manor Res Care Home have been cleared, according to an Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services notice published Oct. 7 and 8 in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The state agency’s survey of the facility on Sept. 22 “shows all health deficiencies have been corrected,” said Melaney Arnold, an Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman.

Columbus Manor, 5107 W. Jackson Blvd., would have faced termination from the federal Medicaid program if its more than 10 health citations – found during April, July and August health department visits – were not rectified by Oct. 1, AustinTalks reported earlier this month.

Elizabeth O’Brien, an administrator at Columbus Manor, had no comment Tuesday on the cleared citations.

This compliance is unrelated to an Illinois Department of Public Health license revocation action against Columbus Manor, which is currently being handled by the Illinois Attorney General’s office, Arnold said.

On March 17, 2010, a nursing home administrator yelled in an “intimidating manner,” used profanity toward the investigators, threw medical charts and documents, and threatened state officials with “repercussions if the department wrote up violations,” according to the notice of license revocation.

The administrator ended the mandatory meeting and ordered the investigators to leave the facility — an automatic license revocation, said Arnold.

Arnold could not provide the status of the case.

2 thoughts on “Nursing home in the clear on health citations

  1. Ms. Fortino:

    Some of the statements in your original article are factually incorrect
    (October 4, 2011). The State surveyors were never asked to leave the facility. I don’t know who gave you this information but it is factually incorrect. Three of my staff members were also present at that meeting. There are many misstatements in this article. P. O’Brien

  2. Hi Mr. O’Brien,

    Thank you for the comment, but I would like to direct you to the public “notice of license revocation” document provided to me from the Illinois Department of Public Health: (Please see page 2 of this government document).

    The Illinois Department of Health spokeswoman quoted in my article also confirmed the information.

    If you have a discrepancy about the state surveyor incident, please speak with the Illinois Department of Public Health.

    Please inform me of the additional misstatements you see in my article, and I can direct you to where I obtained the information.

    Ellyn Fortino

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