Johnson Mathers, a Carlisle nursing home, has been placed on the Special Focus Facility List. This is a list of troubled nursing homes compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Beth Fisher, a spokeswoman for the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said they were placed on the list based on "poor compliance history over the past three years." One of the main problems is the fact that in 2010, a nurse allegedly left a choking resident alone for 15 to 20 minutes. That resident died and her estate sued the nursing home, alleging that employees falsified documents to conceal "wrongful acts." The resident was left alone while choking on food, even though she was supposed to be on a pureed diet. The nurse did not immediately notify other staff members and the resident died at the emergency room of Johnson Mathers Hospital.
The nursing home has also received two Type A citations from the Cabinet's Office of Inspector General since 2010. The censure indicated that a resident's life or safety was endangered because of violations of state regulations.
For 14 months, Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation in Winchester has been on this list and there have been no signs of improvement. Officials at Fountain Circle say they were in compliance with all state and federal regulations.
If Johnson Mathers and Fountain Circle do not fix their problems, these nursing homes could be fined or terminated from Medicaid and Medicare.