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MDH Assumes Control of Camden Care Center in Minneapolis to Protect Nursing Home Residents

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has announced that the state of Minnesota has taken over management of Camden Care Center in Minneapolis due to management problems at the facility. MDH took over management of the facility under a receivership order granted by Ramsey County District Court. Resident’s and staff were informed of the change on May 30, 2014.

This is not the first time that we have reported in our blog about problems with the Camden Care Center. Click here for our earlier report of deficiencies at this nursing home.

MDH took action after the facility’s management failed to correct a number of serious problems. In March 2014, MDH cited Camden Care Center for 47 violations. A follow-up inspection in May found 33 violations. Several violations were of a serious nature that posed a significant risk for residents. There are also concerns about the financial stability of the facility.

“We took this step as a last resort because the nursing home licensee was not keeping residents safe and was not meeting Minnesota’s basic standards of care,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Edward Ehlinger in a written statement.

The 87-bed facility has been operated by Videll Healthcare Camden, L.L.C., as licensee, under a lease agreement with Irvine, California-based SABRA Health Care REIT, which purchased the facility in 2012. The facility has a mix of residents including those receiving senior care, dementia care, mental health care, and chemical dependency treatment. The management of the facility failed to maintain a basic level of safety and security, as demonstrated by the finding that two residents accessed drugs or alcohol while at the facility.

Both of these residents required medical treatment and hospitalization in May, and one of them required intubation due to acute alcohol intoxication. There were also violations related to a wide range of legal requirements designed to ensure safe health care. After finding these violations in May, and until the receivership was ordered, the department increased monitoring and oversight to protect patients.

“We are assuring family members and the residents of the facility that they can safely stay at the facility while the situation is being worked out,” said MDH Compliance Monitoring Director Darcy Miner. “In the coming weeks, MDH will work with the department’s receivership managing agent of the facility to assess the next steps.”

To read more about this story from the Minnesota Department of Health, click here.

More information can be found from KARE 11, by clicking here.

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