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Feds: Cornell Hall Care & Rehabilitation Center Among Worst in New Jersey

Cornell HallCornell Hall Care & Rehabilitation Center in Union, New Jersey is one of the worst nursing homes in the country and has been cited for 24 deficiencies over the past three years. As a result of these violations, in June 2019, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services placed the nursing home into its Special Focus Program, which allows them to inspect critically deficient nursing homes every six months, twice as often as other facilities.

In an inspection report dated November 14, 2018, federal surveyors observed nine deficiencies, including:

  • After residents died, the facility allegedly failed to transfer their funds, which were held in a facility account, back to the “appropriate jurisdiction.”
  • Three residents allegedly were not given the opportunity to formulate an advanced directive.
  • Staff allegedly failed to trim a resident’s nails even though he was dependent on staff for Activities of Daily Living.
  • Staff allegedly failed to care for and prevent pressure ulcers (also known as bedsores).
  • Staff allegedly failed to provide proper care to incontinent residents using catheters.
  • Staff allegedly failed to notice discrepancies in dosing instructions of certain medications, like one for hypertension (high blood pressure).

Six months earlier, according to an inspection report dated August 4, 2017, federal surveyors observed five deficiencies. The facility was fined $31,508. These violations included:

  • The facility allegedly failed to investigate after a resident died unexpectedly. According to the inspection report, “The Health Status Notes or medical record did not reflect evidence of CPR initiation, use of the AED, or activation of the 911 emergency response system for the resident who had no DNR [do not resuscitate]/DNH [do not hospitalize] order and who experienced an unexpected change in condition within a period of 2 hours and 20 minutes.”
  • Allegedly, “the facility failed to ensure that the physician visited at least once every thirty days for the first ninety days after admission and every sixty days thereafter.”
  • Allegedly, “the facility failed to ensure that transmission-based precautions were implemented … for a resident who was receiving an antibiotic for a multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO).”

Cornell HallIn an inspection report dated July 28. 2016, Cornell Hall allegedly failed to follow through with emergency preparedness requirements, never following up with municipal and county officials regarding the evacuation plan the facility had sent to the government.

The other New Jersey nursing home on the list is New Grove Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in East Orange, New Jersey. Riverfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, located in Pennsauken, New Jersey and once known as Cooper River West, recently graduated from the Special Focus Facility (SFF) program and is now under new management, according to NJ.com.

There are several New Jersey nursing homes on the Special Focus Facility (SFF) Candidate List, meaning they are at risk of being put on the SFF Candidate List:

  • Baptist Home of South Jersey of Riverton, New Jersey
  • Cranford Park Rehabilitation of Cranford, New Jersey
  • Forest Manor HCC of Hope, New Jersey
  • Jefferson Health Care Center of Sewell, New Jersey
  • Our Lady’s Center for Rehabilitation & HC of Pleasantville, New Jersey
  • Riverfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center of Pennsauken, New Jersey
  • Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Trenton, New Jersey
  • Sterling Manor of Maple Shade, New Jersey
  • The Wanaque Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation of Haskell, New Jersey
  • The Waterview Center of Cedar Grove, New Jersey

If you have questions about the Special Focus Facility program, Cornell Hall Care & Rehabilitation Center, or if you think you or a family member may be a victim of nursing home neglect, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney. Call (877) 238-4175 or email info@fkesq.com.