April 20, 1995
SULLIVAN NURSING HOME FINED
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- The Illinois Department of Public Health has fined Titus Memorial Presbyterian Home, a 14-bed sheltered care facility located at 513 N. Worth St. in Sullivan, $5,000 for failure to ensure exit doors were equipped with properly functioning hardware.
During a January 1995 annual licensure survey, Department surveyors found a rear exterior exit door, designated as an emergency exit, would not open.
Surveyors also found that staff had not been trained on how to test the door's latch system and could not determine why the door would not open. When a serviceman was called, he found the panic bar was bent, which kept the latch from disengaging and caused the door to be locked.
The facility has been ordered to ensure exits are in good working order, a weekly preventive maintenance schedule is in place and maintenance staff are trained to inspect and operate the panic hardware on exit doors.
The facility has requested a hearing on the Department's action. No hearing date has been set.
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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