Oregon suspends license of nursing home hardest-hit by COVID-19
Oregon nursing home regulators have suspended the license of Healthcare at Foster Creek, the nursing home hardest-hit by COVID-19.
According to the state Department of Human Services, 117 cases of COVID-19 and 28 deaths have occurred in connection with the southeast Portland facility.
According to the state, half those deaths —14 — have occured in the last two weeks.
The state issued a press release after an initial version of this article was posted. It included a prepared statement attributed to Mike McCormick, interim director of the DHS office that licenses long-term care facilities.
"We have worked on multiple strategies to contain the COVID-19 outbreak at Healthcare at Foster Creek and have concluded that moving all residents is mandatory at this stage ... our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by COVID-19 at this facility and our focus now is on providing a smooth transition for residents and their families."
The suspension document issued by the Oregon Department of Human Services lists numerous allegations of inadequate care including poor infection control and lack of training or staffing. It noted that of the 117 people associated with the facility who've tested positive for coronavirus, 55 have had to go to the hospital for treatment.
On April 18, regulators warned the facility that inadequate patient care conditions created a serious and immeidate risk to residents' health and safety.
On April 23, the facility submitted a plan of correction.
On April 28, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a notice of
involuntary termination of the facility's Medicare provider agreement if management failed to take action to cure the care problems raised by earlier state inspections.
Then, on May 1, the state heard reports that "staff considered COVID-19 positive were on the facility grounds ... despite stay-at-home guidance," according to the document.
Click here to read the document.
Co-owners of the facility did not respond to requests for comment.
The company can contest the suspension in an administrative hearing if it chooses.
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