The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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March 21, 2013

Residents say Madison Township nursing home is going to close

MADISON TOWNSHIP — Broadfield Manor Nursing and Convalescent Home — located across the county line in Madison Township — will close, residents say, though the nursing home’s administrators remain mum on the issue.

The Ohio Department of Health has not received a notice of closing, public information representative Tess Pollock said, and the nursing home would need to give the state at least 90 days notice before closure.

Several of Broadfield Manor’s residents, who asked to remain anonymous, complained that the nursing home’s administrators were “abrupt” in announcing the shut down and expressed concern about ongoing staffing issues there and local relocation in the near future.

“They told the residents (about the closing), but haven’t told the employees yet,” one caller said in a voice mail message.

The nursing home has 81 “certified beds,” according the Medicare records, with 73 residents listed with the state as of August, ODH records show.

The nursing home performed at average or below average standards in the last year, Medicare records show.

Repeated telephone calls for comment to facility administrators over several days went unreturned.

Broadfield Manor is searchable as Broadfield Care Center in the ODH website and as Madison Care Center, Inc. for the Medicare website. It is owned and managed by Operational/Managerial Control Provider Services, Inc.

Operational/Managerial Control Provider Services, Inc. also owns or manages Saybrook Landing, Jefferson Healthcare Center, and Pine Grove Healthcare Center in Geneva, Medicare records show.

The facility had “average” health inspections and “below-average” state ratings in staffing and quality ratings last year, had five health deficiencies, with a “minimal level of harm,” Medicare records show. The state average in health deficiencies in 6.1, and the national average is 7.4.

Some infractions included failure to keep accurate and complete administrative records, deficiencies in the facility’s pharmacy program, and problems with activities and social programs for the residents, Medicare records show.

The facility, which caught fire in March of last year, was inspected for fire safety in August, Medicare reports show.

The building was found to have five fire deficiencies, including problems with construction, lack of emergency planning and fire drills, building service equipment deficiencies, and electrical problems, Medicare records show.

Pollock said, if neccessary, an ombudsman from the Ohio Department of Aging will help Broadfield residents in relocating to places where they feel comfortable.

“There are services available to help nursing home residents with the process of relocating to facilities that would meet their individual needs,” she said.

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