Department of Health logs 453 inspections, $44k in fines in June report | Monday Morning Coffee

July 19, 2021 6:30 am

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Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

Associate Editor Cassie Miller here, filling in for John today.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Sixteen-months after the COVID-19 emergency began in Pennsylvania, its nursing homes and long-term care facilities are still dealing with an array of challenges, including what some say was a bungled response to COVID-19 by state health officials, staffing shortages, resident isolation and funding.

“We know nursing homes have been challenged by the pandemic,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said in a statement last week. “We continue to work with nursing home facilities to ensure they are reporting their cumulative cases and deaths to the department each week so we can present this data to show Pennsylvanians the impact in each facility.”

Beam’s comments were included in a statement last Thursday with the state Department of Health’s June 2021 report on nursing homes statewide.

Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam speaks at a press conference.

The department said it conducted 453 inspections of 322 separate nursing homes. 

Of the 453 inspections, 293 were complaint investigations, while 55 were COVID-19 specific investigations.

The 14-page report noted five new sanctions against Pennsylvania facilities over the past month, totaling more than $44,000 in fines.

According to the department, inspections can include building inspections and patient care observation such as staff-patient interactions and the administration of medications and treatments.

“We continue to ensure nursing home staff and residents have access to the vaccine for protection against this virus and investigate all complaints made to the department to ensure residents receive the best quality of care,” Beam said. “We encourage staff, residents and visitors, if you see something, please say something by contacting the department.”

Individuals can file complaints about a nursing home with the department in several ways: anonymously by calling 1-800-254-5164, filling out the online complaint form, emailing [email protected], or sending the complaint in the mail to the department.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.