Admissions suspended at Nashville nursing home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville nursing home has been ordered not to admit any new patients after a complaint prompted an investigation there last month.

The 159-bed Cornelia House also faces a $7,500 fine. It has been cited with problems that could put patients in immediate risk of harm for four years in a row, the Tennessee Department of Health announced in a news release Saturday.

During the investigation surveyors found that staff failed to prevent residents from running away from the facility, failed to follow the necessary procedures to prevent residents with feeding tubes from choking, failed to develop and implement plans of care, and failed to provide activities for residents.

The order to suspend admissions remains effective until conditions are corrected, but the nursing home has the right to a hearing before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge.

The state also has recommended that a federal civil penalty be imposed at $6,200 a day until the violations are corrected. A special monitor will be appointed to review the center's operations.

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