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
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
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
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
"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.