Seven Hills Health Care Center, a city-owned nursing home in Richmond, Virginia, is shutting its doors, and its 169 beds are being acquired by Autumn Corporation, a for-profit North Carolina nursing home chain. Seven Hills was owned and operated by the Richmond Hospital Authority. Care at Seven Hills had become so bad the facility lost its right to receive payment for patient care from Medicaid and Medicare, which withdrew funding after repeated inspections turned up quality and safety violations. Read more about Seven Hills and Autumn Corporation.
I currently have a case against Seven Hills arising from a fall in which a patient was improperly left unattended, fell, and sustained a bad hip fracture. In the course of investigating the patient's claim, I requested copies of the surveys and investigation reports prepared by the Virginia Department of Health. When copies of the survey and investigation reports arrived, I thought someone was playing a joke and had sent me the United States budget for 2007! There were so many deficiencies in the past several years I had to wonder if anybody at the facility ever provided or received care.
A former commissioner of the Richmond Hospital Authority, who spoke to me "off the record", told me the care there was bad and that decision-makers on the Richmond Hospital Authority didn't know what they were doing. So, now the care for up to 169 Richmond area patients will be provided by an out-of-state for-profit corporation. I don't know what's worse -- a non-profit nursing home owned and operated by city representatives that don't know what they are doing or one that's run by profit hounds that know exactly what they're doing.
Posted on Sat, January 12, 2008
by Robert Carter