This 182-bed nursing home has received a “much below average” rating for both its Overall and Health Inspection ratings, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual report. Of the 4 health deficiencies cited by Medicare, these include Woodbury Health Care Center’s:
- Failure to determine if it safe for the resident to self-administer drugs; and
- Failure to provide care for residents in a way that keeps or builds each resident’s dignity and respect of individuality.
Medicare has also identified a number of complaints and incidents relating to Woodbury Health Care Center, including the facility’s:
- Failure to protect each resident from all abuse, physical punishment, and being separated from others;
- Failure to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting, or mistreating residents, and to report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of residents;
- Failure to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents or theft of resident property; and
- Failure to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care.
Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated two reports of nursing home neglect, one report of abuse, and one report of financial exploitation:
- In March 2010, MDH substantiated a report of neglect wherein an employee of the facility terminated CPR on a resident prior to the arrival of EMS. The employee was CPR certified, and because she did not follow American Heart Association guidelines for CPR, the report concluded that the resident was a victim of neglect. [Report no. H5235051]
- In February 2011, MDH substantiated a report of neglect and abuse wherein improper assistance and observation of a resident resulted in the resident injuring herself while using the toilet. Additionally, MDH verified numerous reports of physical abuse wherein employees would be excessively rough with residents, causing bruising and pain that would not readily subside. [Report no. H5235054]
- In April 2012, MDH substantiated a report of financial exploitation wherein an employee of the facility was found to have stolen a resident’s wedding rings, which were appraised at $4100. After a police investigation of the incident, it was determined that the alleged perpetrator stole the rings and pawned some of the stolen items.
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