ST. PETERSBURG — Another St. Petersburg nursing home has landed on a federal list of the worst facilities in the country.
Palm Terrace of St. Petersburg, 521 69th Ave. N, was recently designated a "special focus facility" by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The home faces fines and the loss of its Medicare and Medicaid privileges if it doesn't improve within 18 to 24 months.
Palm Terrace's placement comes just a few months after another St. Petersburg facility, Bon Secours Maria Manor, was taken off the list after making needed improvements.
A review of state inspection reports found Palm Terrace, a for-profit home with 96 beds, was cited for various deficiencies on May 25, May 28, June 29 and Aug. 10 of this year, and three times last year.
In a June 29 report, the home was cited for its handling of a situation involving three residents who occupied a four-bed room. Two of them had filed grievances against the third resident, alleging the resident was abusive and threw objects. The two said they were afraid for their safety.
Inspectors concluded the home, among other things, failed to promptly resolve the grievances, did not take necessary measures to prevent resident-to-resident physical and psychological threat, and did not file an immediate federal report after an allegation of abuse.
On Aug. 10, the home was cited for its handling of a resident who was at risk for falls because of dementia. Inspectors said the home failed to carry out a physician's order for fall prevention measures for the resident.
In both cases, the state revisited the home and found the deficiencies were corrected.
The home's administrator, Ronald Tencza, did not return a phone message seeking comment Friday.
As a special focus facility, Palm Terrace will be inspected twice as frequently as other homes, about two times a year, and can come off the list if it makes improvements that are continued over time.
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