September 5, 1997
HAVANA NURSING HOME FINED
FOR NOT MEETING RESIDENT NURSING NEEDS
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health has fined Havana Healthcare Center $10,000 for not meeting the nursing needs of a resident. The 98-bed skilled and intermediate care facility is located at 609 N. Harpham St., Havana.
During an annual survey, Department surveyors found staff at the facility did not properly assess the medical condition of an 87-year-old resident who was having difficulty eating and drinking for more than two weeks. Subsequently, he was admitted to a local hospital due to dehydration. The man was returned to Havana Healthcare Center after his condition improved, but staff failed to reassess the resident's nursing needs to best determine a plan to properly care for him. Five days after his discharge, the resident was again not eating.
While at the facility, Department surveyors observed the man's wife attempting to feed him two meals without success. No employee of the facility helped the woman or adjusted the resident so he would be in a better position to eat. Facility staff also did not encourage the man to drink fluids during or between meals.
As part of a mandatory plan of correction, the Department ordered the facility to provide nursing care to meet the needs of the residents, to train staff in observing changes in a resident's condition and to prepare an up-to-date care plan for each resident.
Havana Healthcare Center 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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