published Thursday, March 27th, 2014

TN suspends admissions to west TN 2 nursing homes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner has suspended new admissions to two West Tennessee nursing homes because of alleged inadequate conditions at the facilities.

A news release from the Tennessee Department of Health says Dreyzehner has suspended admissions to Oakwood Community Living Center, a 50-bed licensed nursing home in Dyersburg, and Ripley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, a 144-bed licensed nursing home in Ripley.

Department investigators found violations of administration, performance improvement and nursing services standards at Oakwood. The department says surveyors found violations of administration standards at Ripley Healthcare.

The state imposed penalties of $1,500 for each of the facilities. A special monitor will review their operations.

The nursing homes can have the right to a hearing before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge.

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