Concord Nursing Home Receives Citation, Fine Related to Patient Death
The Department of Health Services on Tuesday announced a "AA" citation and a $100,000 fine against Bayberry Care Center in Concord stemming from a December 2003 patient death, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The 99-bed skilled nursing facility, which is run by San Francisco-based Ocadian Hospitals and Care Centers, admitted the patient on Dec. 8, 2003, after he was treated in a hospital for swallowing difficulties following a stroke. At the hospital, the patient received a feeding tube, which on Dec. 10, 2003, he dislodged while at Bayberry.
A written release by DHS officials stated that Bayberry personnel "reinserted the tube into his abdominal cavity instead of his stomach and continued to provide nourishment."
The patient died Dec. 22, 2003, at the hospital after being diagnosed with peritonitis, an inflammation of membrane that lines the abdominal cavity.
DHS officials said the patient died because of "poor care."
Lynn Blair, chief operating officer at Ocadian, said that the company is reviewing DHS' findings and will file an appeal. She said, "We have additional information available to us, and we will be challenging the findings" (Bulwa, San Francisco Chronicle, 5/11).