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DSHS: UNICREST NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER BARRED FROM ADMITTING RESIDENTS FOR VIOLATIONS POSING SERIOUS THREAT

 OLYMPIA, Wash., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Unicrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, South 414 University Road, Spokane, Wash., has been barred from admitting new residents, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) said today. Violations which pose an immediate and serious threat to residents have left the facility with only 23 days to correct the deficiencies.
 The ban on admissions, effective Feb. 23, generally prohibits admitting, readmitting or transferring residents to the facility.
 The action follows a DSHS survey on Feb. 16. The facility was cited for "Level A" violations concerning resident assessment, quality of care, nursing services and administration.
 Surveyors also found a high incidence of residents who fell into four federal Medicaid "Level B" deficiency categories. The areas cited were deemed serious enough to hasten the standard 60-day correction period.
 Specifically, the violations posing an immediate threat are:
 - A significant incidence of residents developing pressure sores following admission to the facility.
 - Residents with pressure sores not receiving nursing care and services necessary to prevent, treat and/or heal pressure sores.
 - Failure to maintain an acceptable level of nutritional care to prevent significant weight loss in residents.
 The facility has until March 11 to correct the violations and contact DSHS to request a follow-up survey. Failure to do so will result in termination of the facility's Medicaid certification and a recommendation that the federal government end its Medicare contract.
 Washington nursing homes must meet all "Level A" requirements to participate in each government health subsidy program. DSHS enforces federal Medicaid/Medicare and state licensing regulations for about 280 nursing homes. Part of that process includes investigation of complaints and annual unannounced inspections of each facility by DSHS surveyors.
 DSHS also assists the federal Health Care Financing Administration in enforcing Medicare regulations.
 Unicrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center cares for Medicaid, Medicare and private-pay residents. The 115-bed facility is owned and operated as a proprietary corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Edith Coleman, 509-456-2845, or Roberto Swain, 206-586-3972, both of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services/


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