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State recommends transfer of Warren nursing home residents

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The Ohio Department of Health found violations at a Warren nursing home and now the future of the facility is in question.

In a letter to Cedarcreek Health and Rehabilitation dated February 4, the state recommends that the federal agency- the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)- transfer residents. 

Another recommendation is for CMS to end their Medicare and Medicaid agreement by February 18.

A decision has not yet been made by CMS, according to Ohio's Long Term Care Ombudsman Beverley Laubert.

Investigators found on Febuary 3, Cedarcreek did not treat a patient for bed sores and another resident had severe weight loss and developed bed sores.

"The fact that there is an ongoing immediate jeopardy at the end of the survey raises our concern even higher," said Laubert.

The letter states "conditions in the facility constitutes immediate jeopardy to resident health or safety, and substandard quality of care."

Laubert said that once a facility has a high degree of deficiencies like immediate jeopardy there is a shorter time frame for correcting those deficiencies.

The state is monitoring the nursing home and starting Monday, will not pay the company for new Medicare and Medicaid admissions. Cedarcreek can appeal this decision.

According to the letter, Cedarcreek can write an allegation of compliance that it has substantially corrected its deficiencies.  The facility must also submit a plan.

Cedarcreek is owned by New Beginnings, the same company that owned Campus Health Care in Liberty Township. Campus Health Care closed January 29. New Beginnings filed for bankruptcy January 22.

Laubert said that as of Friday, 17 people lived at Cedarcreek but at one point there were 33 residents. She said one of the factors was the closure of Campus Health.

21 News reached out to Cedarcreek late Friday night but did not receive a response.

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