Grass Valley Nursing Home Cited, Fined for Patient Death
On Monday, the California Department of Public Health issued a Class AA citation to the former Meadow View Manor nursing home in Grass Valley over the death of a patient. The citation is the most severe penalty under state law, with a fine of $75,000. In February, a nursing assistant used a mechanical chair lift to remove the patient from a bathtub, a task that should have been handled by two staffers, investigators said. The patient sustained serious head and neck injuries after falling forward and died four days later. An official at the nursing home -- which was purchased in June by San Marcos-based Plum HealthCare Group and renamed Crystal Ridge Care Center -- said staff have been provided with advanced clinical training and support to ensure they are able to prevent and respond to falls. It is unclear whether the facility will appeal the fine.
- "Nevada Co Nursing Home Fined $75K in Patient Death" (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 11/1).
- "Grass Valley Nursing Home Fined $75K in Patient Death" (Kleist, Grass Valley Union, 11/1).