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WASHINGTON STATE DSHS: NEW STATE AUTHORITY LEADS TO SUCCESSFUL CORRECTION OF VIOLATIONS AT SHERWOOD TERRACE NURSING CENTER

 WASHINGTON STATE DSHS: NEW STATE AUTHORITY LEADS TO SUCCESSFUL
 CORRECTION OF VIOLATIONS AT SHERWOOD TERRACE NURSING CENTER
 OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS):
 A ban on admissions was lifted Dec. 11 from Sherwood Terrace Nursing Center, a 236-bed nursing home at 2102 South 96th in Tacoma.
 DSHS also recertified the center to care for Medicare and Medicaid residents.
 The department lifted both sanctions after noting facility improvements under the new ownership of Hospital Facilities Corp. and, previously, under temporary managers Rehabilitation Care Consultants. In a precedent-setting move July 5, DSHS appointed the Wisconsin company to temporarily manage the center under the provisions of a never-before-used 1989 state law.
 The home is now owned and operated by Hospital Facilities Corp., a subsidiary of Beverly Enterprises Corp., a national nursing home company. That change became effective Oct. 18 when DSHS issued a new nursing home license to Hospital Facilities Corp.
 The department originally imposed its sanctions after inspecting the facility in June. At the time, the Tacoma nursing center was owned by PHM Health Care Group Inc.
 The state inspection identified immediate and serious threats to resident health, as well as 10 violations of federal Medicare/Medicaid care standards. In response, DSHS contracted with Rehabilitation Care Consultants to bring the home back into compliance with state and federal nursing home regulations.
 As a result, only a few of Sherwood Terrace's residents had to be moved to another facility, said DSHS Nursing Home Services Director Cathy Wiggins, crediting the agency's use of the temporary manager law.
 "We are lucky in this state to have a wide range of regulatory tools, including temporary management, to benefit the more than 30,000 Washington nursing home residents," Wiggins added.
 Besides Sherwood Terrace, Hospital Facilities Corp. has also taken over the operation and ownership of four other Washington nursing homes. All of the homes were previously owned by PHM Health Care Group Inc. Those homes include 67-bed Mansion House Nursing Home in Spokane, 51-bed Midway Manor Convalescent Center in Des Moines, 55-bed Palouse Hills Nursing Center in Pullman and 81-bed Wedgwood Rehabilitation Center in Seattle.
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 /CONTACT: Cathy Wiggins, 206-493-2560, or Cindy Neff-Engen, 206-586-3972, both of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services/ CO: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services;
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