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Bucs owner tied to cited nursing home

A Milwaukee nursing home with financial ties to Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer has been cited for substandard care after inspectors found equipment used by the home in such disrepair that two residents fell when toilet chairs broke and one resident was severely burned by an uncovered baseboard heater.

Bel Air Health Care Center was cited with six federal violations last week and was found to have provided substandard care for failing to ensure the facility was free of hazards. The facility was also cited for one State Class B violation, which is one step down from the most serious. The survey was completed Feb. 19.

The home is owned by Pace Development Corp. of Milwaukee, records show. The president of the corporation is Glazer, the Bucs owner, records show.

Jeff Kamis, a Bucs spokesman, declined to comment, saying the team typically does not discuss Glazer's business dealings outside the team. He said he would pass along the request for comment.

The Glazer family's diverse and far-flung holdings include Zapata Corp., a Rochester, N.Y.-based company that owns a stake in a fish meal business, and First Allied Pennsylvania Corp., a holding company that recently bought a Denver shopping center. The Web site for the family's foundation (www.glazerfamilyfoundation. com) says Glazer's portfolio has included interests ranging from health care to real estate and government securities.

Kris Sprtel, administrator of Bel Air Health Care Center, said Monday that all the citations are being disputed.

"Everything is being appealed because we disagree with what the inspectors found," she said, declining to comment further.

State regulators have requested that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services fine the facility $80,000.

_ Times staff writer Alicia Caldwell contributed to this report.

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