ST. PETERSBURG — A well-known local nursing home is no longer on the list of the worst facilities in the country.
Bon Secours Maria Manor, at 10300 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, has graduated from the federal "special focus facility" program, state health officials said this week. The home was placed on the list last year, and it risked losing its Medicare and Medicaid credentials if it didn't turn itself around within two years.
Another local nursing home, Heather Hill in New Port Richey, was removed from the federal list this year.
Bon Secours was placed on the federal list after it was found to have more numerous and serious problems than other nursing homes. Some of its most significant issues involved its handling of a 2008 incident involving an 86-year-old resident who said she had been inappropriately touched by a male nurse. State inspectors faulted the home for not immediately reporting the allegation.
The home took several corrective steps, including retraining staff members in the proper way to report such allegations. And its inspection reports have been clean since then.
"Certainly we're pleased to come off the list," said Karen Reich, executive vice president of Bon Secours St. Petersburg. "I'm personally proud of the outstanding effort of our staff in returning us to such a wonderful position in the shortest possible time."
Three other Florida nursing homes remain on the federal list of about 130 homes nationwide.
They are Charlotte Harbor Healthcare in Port Charlotte, Capital Healthcare Center in Tallahassee and Glennwood Nursing Center in Jacksonville.
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