A nursing home in Hudson was recently added to a federal list of problem nursing homes, while a Largo home made the changes needed to get off the list.
Bayonet Point Health and Rehabilitation, a 170-bed for-profit home at 7210 Beacon Woods Drive, was designated a "special focus facility" and risks losing its Medicare and Medicaid privileges if it doesn't shape up within 18 to 24 months.
"Being put on the list is a bit of a surprise," David Cross, the nursing home's administrator, said Friday. "We were added to the list as a result of a survey 21 months ago."
That survey, in January 2010, cited the home with four deficiencies related to its dishwasher, which wasn't adequately sanitizing dishes, putting patients at risk for food-borne illness.
State officials said the problems put patients in "immediate jeopardy," and the home was informed it could not accept new Medicare and Medicaid patients until they were fixed.
Cross said the home quickly submitted a correction plan, which was accepted.
"There was never any negative outcome for any patient," Cross said. "It seemed at the time to be overkill.
He added that the 163-resident home is under new ownership, as of January.
Bayonet Point's latest survey, conducted in March, turned up a number of less serious violations, involving patient records, food storage and staff handwashing procedures.
The home addressed all those concerns, the reports noted.
As a special focus facility, Bayonet Point is expected to be inspected twice as often as other homes (about twice a year), and can come off the list if it improves. "This facility has never been in better shape," Cross said. "We think this is something that's going to be positive."
Bayonet Point is one of six Florida nursing homes on the list, and one of two in Tampa Bay. The other local home is Palm Terrace of St. Petersburg.
Meanwhile, Oak Manor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Largo was taken off the list after making necessary improvements. Oak Manor had been on the list for 10 months.
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