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Citing Patient Danger, Minn. Takes Over Nursing Home

The state health department says it took over the Camden Care Center because of serious violations that endangered patients and a high number of regulatory violations.

Pioneer Press: Minnesota Takes Control Of Troubled Nursing Home
The Minnesota Health Department has taken control of a Minneapolis nursing home due to "dire management problems," state officials announced Tuesday. The department took over management of Camden Care Center under a receivership order granted by Ramsey County District Court, according to state officials. Volunteers of America -- National Services, a Minnesota nonprofit, is serving as managing agent during the receivership. The Health Department said in a statement that it "used its emergency powers to assume control of the nursing home due to serious violations putting its residents at risk and an unacceptably high number of regulatory violations” (Snowbeck, 6/3).

Minnesota Public Radio: State Takes Over Nursing Home Said To Endanger Patients
The Minnesota Department of Health has taken over management of a nursing home in north Minneapolis after state investigators found conditions that were dangerous to patients. Ramsey County District Court granted the agency's request to take over the Camden Care Center on Thursday, and new managers were on site Friday afternoon. The nursing home cares for about 67 patients, many of whom have behavioral issues including psychiatric disorders, dementia or substance abuse, according to the agency's filing with the court (6/3).

The Star Tribune: Citing 'Dire Problems,' State Seizes Control Of Mpls. Nursing Home
The Minnesota Department of Health has seized control of a Minneapolis nursing home, saying numerous health and safety violations posed “an immediate and serious threat” to the well-being of its vulnerable residents. In a highly unusual step, state regulators on Friday took over the direct management of Camden Care Center, an 87-bed nursing home that cares for elderly and mentally ill patients, after recent inspections turned up 80 violations, many of them serious. In March, regulators found that two residents required hospitalization after accessing drugs or alcohol while under the facility’s care. The state also had concerns that Camden Care Center’s financial condition had deteriorated to such an extent that caregivers might quit their jobs due to nonpayment of wages, leaving vulnerable residents without care (Serres, 6/3).

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