Norman nursing home cited in report

BY ANN KELLEY Modified: November 19, 2008 at 4:27 am •  Published: November 19, 2008
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photo - NURSING HOME: Whispering Pines Nursing Center in Norman, Oklahoma on Tuesday November 18, 2008.  By Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman   ORG XMIT: KOD
NURSING HOME: Whispering Pines Nursing Center in Norman, Oklahoma on Tuesday November 18, 2008. By Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
NORMAN — The state Health Department has cited a Norman nursing home for failing to fully investigate abuse allegations and endangering patients’ health by not providing condoms to a sexually active, HIV-positive nursing home resident.

The two infractions were among 16 serious deficiencies cited in a 370-page report released Nov. 7 on Whispering Pines Nursing Center.

The Health Department is recommending Whispering Pines, 510 E Robinson, not be allowed to accept any new Medicare and Medicaid patients until the deficiencies are corrected, said Dorya Huser, long-term care division chief for the state Health Department.

Huser said if the center is not in compliance within six months, Medicare and Medicaid payments for existing patients could be terminated. Federal regulators are being asked to fine the center $3,000 a day until the problems are corrected, she said.

Whispering Pines administrator Sue Horton said Tuesday she has only been on the job three weeks and hasn’t reviewed the report.

Linda Scoggins, attorney for Whispering Pines, said staff members are working long hours to bring the home into compliance and the nursing home has hired additional people. She said Whispering Pines plans to dispute some of the deficiencies.

The inspection at Whispering Pines was sparked by a complaint that former patient Carol Crow was assaulted there on July 11.

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