Heritage Living Center Cited For Multiple Violations By MDH


>>>HI EVERYONE. THANKS FOR JOINING US. THE HERITAGE LIVING FACILITY IN PARK RAPIDS HAS BEEN HIT WITH VIOLATIONS AND CITATIONS AFTER A SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED BY THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE U.S. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES. REPORTER MALAAK KHATTAB SHARES AN UPDATE ON THE INVESTIGATION.>>THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROVIDED LAKELAND NEWS WITH THREE REPORTS FROM THE FEDERAL AND STATE HEALTH SURVEY AND FEDERAL LIFE SAFETY SURVEYS THAT WERE DONE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. THE REPORTS CITED THE NURSING HOME WITH NUMEROUS VIOLATIONS LIKE QUALITY CARE, ACCIDENT HAZARDS, MEDICATION ERR RORS AND FAILURE TO NOTIFY PHYSICIANS OF ANY CHANGES IN HEALTH STATUS OF RESIDENTS. THEY WERE GIVEN 21 DAYS TO FIX THE VIOLATIONS. WE REACHED OUT TO HERITAGE LIVING CENTER FOR A COMMENT. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KURT HANSEN ISSUED THIS STATEMENT. HE SAYS HERITAGE’S RESPONSE WAS FOUND TO BE IN COMPLIANT WITH STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS. WE HAVE A LONGSTANDING COMMITMENT TO HONOR AND CARE FOR THOSE WE SERVE AND THAT INCLUDES A RESPECT FOR THEIR PRIVACY. THE REPORT FROM THE MINNESOTA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CONCLUDES THAT IN A SIX-WEEK PERIOD, THREE RESIDENTS HAVE DIED. JEFFREY THIELEN SAYS WHEN HE HAD CONTACTED THE DEPARTMENT FOR AN INVESTIGATION, THEY HAD TWO OTHER COMPLAINTS THEY WERE INVESTIGATING AS WELL.>>MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS, THEY WERE FOUND TO BE IN NONCOMPLIANCE AND THEY WERE CHARGED WITH MAL TREATMENT AND MEDICAL NEGLECT, RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF A PATIENT, AND THAT WAS MORE THAN ONE PATIENT. AND CURRENTLY THEY ARE INVESTIGATING OUR MOTHER’S CASE FOR MAL TREATMENT OF A VULNERABLE ADULT.>>BEV THIELEN DIED IN JULY AND HER FAMILY HAS BEEN VOCAL ABOUT HER DEATH EVER SINCE. HER DEATH WAS ORIGINALLY RULED FROM NATURAL CAUSES BUT HER SON SAYS THE CORONER AT RAMSEY COUNTY HAS OPENED UP HER CASE. THE FAMILY WANTS TO GET INFORMATION OUT TO THE PUBLIC ON HOW THE RESIDENTS ARE BEING TREATED AT THE NURSING HOME.>>I’M HOPING THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE CONSIDER LOOKING INTO MORE NURSING HOMES IF THEY PLAN ON PUTTING THEIR PARENT IN ANY NURSING HOME, TO LOOK DEEP INTO THEIR PAST BECAUSE MOST OF IT MIGHT BE PUBLIC. YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHERE TO LOOK.>>JEFFREY THIELEN SAYS HIS FAMILY WANTS TO SEE CHANGES DONE AT HERITAGE LIVING CENTER SO RESIDENTS ARE PROTECTED. REPORTING IN PARK RAPIDS, MALAAK KHATTAB, LAKELAND NEWS.>>WE REACHED OUT TO THE PARK RAPIDS POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THEY TELL US THAT THE INVESTIGATION REGARDING BEV THIELEN IS CLOSED AND THEY FOUND

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