'Dire management problems' prompt state to take over Minneapolis nursing home

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The Minnesota Department of Health has taken control of a Minneapolis nursing home due to "dire management problems" that put residents at risk, the Department of Health said in a news release on Tuesday.

This emergency action at Camden Care Center is only the third time since 2009 that the Department of Health has taken control of a nursing home, the Star Tribune notes.

“We took this step as a last resort because the nursing home licensee was not keeping residents safe and was not meeting Minnesota’s basic standards of care,” Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Edward Ehlinger said in the release.

The Department of Health took control of Camden Care Center after management failed to correct "numerous serious problems," according to the release. In March 2014, the care center was cited for 47 violations. At a follow-up inspection in May, the Department of Health found 33 violations.

The state alleges that management failed to keep its residents safe. Two residents had accessed drugs or alcohol while at the facility and required medical treatment and hospitalization in May, according to the release.

There were also concerns about the financial stability of the facility.

The Department of Health took over management of the nursing home under a receivership order granted by the Ramsey County District Court. It has arranged for Volunteers of America to serve as the managing agent during the receivership, which can't exceed 18 months. Residents and staff were informed on May 30.

"We are assuring family members and the residents of the facility that they can safely stay at the facility while the situation is being worked out," Department of Health Compliance Monitoring Director Darcy Miner said in the release. "In the coming weeks, MDH will work with the department's receivership managing agent of the facility to assess the next steps."

Camden Care Center is an 87-bed facility that has a mix of residents including those receiving senior care, dementia care, mental health care and chemical dependency treatment. Videll Healthcare Camden, under a lease agreement with SABRA Health Care REIT, has operated the facility since 2012.

Camden Care Center made headlines in recent years, but not for violations. In November 2010, while it was under different management, Camden Care Center was the nation's first nursing home to offer residents a free cruise to the Bahamas – 24 resident went on the trip, the Star Tribune reported in 2011.

Camden Care Center's previous manager decided to retire at the end of 2012, according to the facility's Facebook page. Since it went under new management, reports show that the care center began to decline. In January, the Boston Globe did a feature story on Videll Healthcare, which manages several other facilities around the country, highlighting a specific nursing home in Boston that saw something similar.

"Staff and families say that once Videll began running it, the 53-bed Park Place went downhill quickly. Their complaints are backed up by a thick stack of federal survey reports," according to the Boston Globe.

The newspaper also highlighted issues with Videll Healthcare in a column by Yvonne Abraham. She said employees at the nursing home, who hadn't received salaries for months, stayed with the company to make sure the residents didn't notice the effects. Videll Healthcare told Abraham that it's committed to providing quality care for its residents and the reason it didn't have funds was because of a backlog in reimbursements.

A South Carolina nursing home, which was also managed by Videll Healthcare, received complaints from employees and violations from state officials last year.

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