Control Of Pine Island Minnesota Health Care Center Seized By Department of Health
The Minnesota Department of Health has taken control of Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island, Minnesota because of a "growing list of unpaid bills threatened critical services for residents." The Care Center currently has 52 residents and is licensed for 70 beds.
“This rare step is one we do not take lightly, but the evidence indicated a need for immediate action to ensure that residents are safe and continue to receive essential services.” - Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm.
The Minnesota Department of Health says they took action after after staff "found evidence that the facility’s growing list of unpaid bills and inability to meet payroll threatened staffing levels, critical services and medications for residents."
A news release sent from MDH explains that Minnesota Law allows regulators to take control of a nursing home in certain situations where there are serious health and safety concerns. The department of health can assume power for up to 18-months and temporary assigns a managing agent to handle the daily operations.
Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm who became a household name during the pandemic said, “This rare step is one we do not take lightly, but the evidence indicated a need for immediate action to ensure that residents are safe and continue to receive essential services. We are focused on a smooth transition and determining the next steps that will meet the needs of residents, staff, and families.”
Pathway Health, a professional management organization, has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Health to serve as the facility's "temporary management team and will stabilize the facilities’ operations to support staff and to ensure patients receive quality care."