MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has taken over management of a Minneapolis care center due to concern for residents and what are being called "dire management problems" at the facility.
MDH took over management of the Camden Care Center under a receivership order granted by Ramsey County District Court and has arranged for Volunteers of America ‑ National Services, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation, to serve as the facility's managing agent during the receivership.
Residents and staff were informed of the change on May 30, 2014.
A written release from MDH says the department used its emergency powers to assume control of the nursing home due to serious violations that put residents at risk and an unacceptably high number of regulatory violations. MDH says management failed to correct numerous serious problems. In March 2014 the nursing home was cited for 47 violations. A follow-up inspection in May found 33 violations. Several violations were so serious in nature that they posed a significant risk for residents.
There are also concerns about the financial stability of the facility.
"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," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Edward Ehlinger in a written statement.
MDH says The 87-bed facility has been operated by Videll Healthcare Camden, L.L.C. under a lease agreement with Irvine, California-based SABRA Health Care REIT, which purchased the facility in 2012. The facility has a mix of residents including those receiving senior care, dementia care, mental health care, and chemical dependency treatment.
The state alleges that management of the facility failed to maintain a basic level of safety and security as demonstrated by the finding that two residents accessed drugs or alcohol while at the facility. Both of these residents required medical treatment and hospitalization in May and one of them required intubation due to acute alcohol intoxication.
"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," said MDH Compliance Monitoring Director Darcy Miner. "In the coming weeks, MDH will work with the department's receivership managing agent of the facility to assess the next steps."