Wednesday, February 4, 2015

We Understood This Was Possible!



Department of Health Finds Zero Deficiencies at Gracedale Nursing Home
First time in the history of Nursing Home that the Long Term Care Facility Survey receives Unprecedented Results
Easton, PA - February 3, 2015 The Northampton County Administration announces that after a week-long intensive inspection and Audit by the Department of Health (DOH), Gracedale Nursing home has no deficiencies and received a zero deficiencies survey result.
Based on a Medicare/Medicaid Recertification survey, State Licensure survey, and Civil
Rights Compliance Survey, completed on 
Add a descriptionJanuary 30, 2015, at Northampton County Home-Gracedale, it was determined that there were no deficiencies, related to theHealth portion of the survey process, identified under the requirements of 42 CFR Part 483, Subpart B.  Requirements for Long Term Care Facilities and the 28 PA Code, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Long Term Care Licensure Regulations as they relate to the Health portion of the survey process.
"The administration has been committed to stabilizing Gracedale's operations while continuing to provide the highest level of quality care," said John Brown, Northampton County Executive.  "We are proud with the results of the DOH survey. This confirms our cost-effective measures and teamwork are moving us in the right direction."
The DOH Survey is an in-depth week-long process that examines  health care facilities and looks for any possible deficiencies that violate any of the standard regulations set forth by the DOH. Penalties can be as severe as loss of license.
In the past Gracedale has received an average of five to eight DOH Survey deficiencies per year. Additionally, Gracedale has received an average of eight independent DOH complaint  inspections;  Gracedale has not received any such complaint visits since April 2014. 
 "We are very pleased with the success of our efforts. These outstanding results from the DOH Survey are a true testament to the hard work and care given by our team here at Gracedale," said D. Freeman, Gracedale Administrator. 


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