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Knox County Nursing Home Cited For Violations

Nashville, June 03, 2008

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN, has suspended new admissions of residents to Serene Manor Medical Center nursing home effective May 27, 2008, and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $3,000. The state also has recommended that the federal civil penalty be imposed at $4,050 a day until the violations are corrected. A special monitor has been appointed to review the center’s operations.

Serene Manor Medical Center, a 79-bed licensed nursing home located at 970 Wray Street, was ordered not to admit any new residents based on conditions found during a complaint investigation and survey conducted May 15 through May 21. During the survey, surveyors found violations of resident protection, administration, physician’s orders, nursing services, performance improvement, medication administration and quality of care standards.   

The Commissioner may suspend admissions to a nursing home when conditions are determined to be, or are likely to be, detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents. The order to suspend admissions remains effective until conditions have been and continue to remain corrected. A copy of the order must be posted at the public entrance where it can be plainly seen.

The nursing home has the right to a hearing regarding the suspension of admissions before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge.