Admissions to Colonial Hills Nursing Center suspended

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN, has suspended new admissions of residents to Colonial Hills Nursing Center effective Aug. 29, 2011, and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $6,000. The federal civil penalty has been imposed at $4,550 a day until the violations are corrected. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

Colonial Hills, a 203-bed licensed nursing home located at 2034 Cochran Drive in Maryville, was ordered not to admit any new residents based on conditions found during a complaint investigation conducted Aug. 15 - Aug. 19. The investigation was completed Aug. 29. During the inspection, surveyors found violations of the following standards: administration and resident rights.

The Commissioner of Health may suspend admissions to a nursing home when conditions are determined to be, or are likely to be, detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents. The order to suspend admissions remains effective until conditions have been and continue to remain corrected. A copy of the order must be posted at the public entrance where it can be plainly seen.

The nursing home has the right to a hearing regarding the suspension of admissions before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge.

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