The difference is even wider for citations issued as a result of inspections. Countryside had 32.8 citations per 100 beds, while the statewide average was 1.9. The Countryside rate of citation was more than 17 times higher than the average.
Of the 39 citations issued 19 were for quality of care and 12 were for patients’ rights. Another nine were for administration.
The home was fined $6,000 in June 2010 for “multiple deficiencies.”
According to the Health Department’s key quality measures for nursing homes, Countryside received one star out of a potential five stars in 10 of 18 categories and rated five stars in just one. Among the categories with one-star ratings were the percentage of residents with new or worsened pressure sores, the percentage of the residents who received flu vaccine and the percentage of long-term residents who experienced falls that resulted in major injury.
An inspection in March found that Countryside had “substandard quality of care” – the most severe deficiency – for medication errors. On Sept. 19, 2011, the state gave the home the same “substandard” deficiency for nutritional status. And on Sept. 7, 2011, it cited the center as substandard in the category of “not employ persons guilty of abuse.”
Delaware County has sued Leatherstocking Healthcare and Leatherstocking Realty, which owns the property, alleging breach of contract, unjust enrichment and fraud and seeking $3 million in compensation. A state Supreme Court judge has thrown out part of the lawsuit on statute-of-limitations grounds, but the county has appealed that ruling.