The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

March 20, 2012

Meth lab didn’t hurt Park Haven air

ASHTABULA —  Methamphetamine residues do not pose either a short-term or long-term public health hazard to staff or residents at Park Haven Nursing Home, the Ohio Department of Health said.

The results were based on samples collected March 7-9 at Park Haven, 4533 Park Ave., and analyzed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The state is revoking Park Haven Nursing Home’s license after a fiery methamphetamine explosion on March 4 killed one man and injured six others, Ohio Department of Health officials said last week.

The facility has the right to ask for a hearing with the ODH to contest the decision, ODH officials said.

In addition, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has proposed to end the Medicaid provider agreement with Park Haven. The facility also has 30 days to request a hearing with the agency, ODH officials said.

The owner of the facility, Beatrice Knowlson of Ashtabula, has not commented on the incident. According to the website, Park Haven employs 50 to 99 people and brings in an annual revenue of $500,000 to $1 million.

The ODH said the facility housed 39 residents in 31 rooms with most quartered on the first floor. The fire occurred on the second floor, according to the ODH report.


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