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The Health Department is negotiating with Videll Healthcare and the building owner, Sabra Health Care REIT Inc., based in Irvine, Calif., to determine whether the facility should be closed and its residents relocated or whether to continue to operate under new management.
In 2009 the Department of Health took control of two nursing homes, and both remain open but under new management.
“The initial feedback we are getting is that staff and residents are comforted and this is a well-received change,” said Scott Smith, a spokesman for the department.
State law permits regulators to place a nursing home under receivership if there is an immediate and serious threat to residents’ health or safety. In 2007, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty ordered that the Department of Health monitor operations of the Minneapolis Veterans Home when three men died after neglect or medication errors.
Regulators want to avoid a situation like the one that occurred late last year in Castro Valley, Calif., where authorities found 14 sick and elderly patients abandoned at a senior home after much of the nursing staff had left. The residents, including amputees and the bedridden, were left to fend for themselves for two days.
Staff researcher John Wareham contributed to this report.
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