State Halts New Admissions to Hialeah ALF After Resident Dies

Miami Herald

by Samantha Gross (PHOTO SOURCE: Miami Herald)

Jan 31, 2020

After a resident who repeatedly left a Hialeah assisted living facility was found dead in November, the state Agency for Health Care Administration issued an emergency order halting admissions to the facility until further notice.

According to the order, which was issued Jan. 21, the resident was admitted to Pavilion Gardens in Hialeah on Nov. 13, 2019, without a health assessment but came in with prescriptions for medication generally used to treat schizophrenia. Three days later, the resident, who was not named in the order, left the facility.

According to the notice, the resident’s sibling was contacted but wasn’t able to find the relative. Law enforcement eventually found and returned the resident to Pavilion Gardens the next day. No healthcare providers were notified and the resident didn’t go through an evaluation, even though the facility’s policies require it, according to the notice.

The next week, the resident didn’t receive a prescription medication and on Nov. 23, was seen by a fellow resident scaling the facility’s fence at 2 a.m. It was reported to staff, but the resident couldn’t be found. A staff member was told by the facility administrator to wait until the next day to call the resident’s family and law enforcement.

The next day, the resident was found dead after falling from a four-story building, the location of which was not identified in the AHCA report.

Earlier in November, a resident at Pavilion Gardens left and has not returned to date. The administrator, Armando Godinez, told investigators “they want to leave, so they leave.” Citations issued by AHCA in 2015 and 2014 show multiple incidents where residents who left the facility were never reported missing to police.

The 40-bed facility on West 30th Street in Hialeah is run by Godinez and his wife Eugenia Godinez, according to state health records. It is the only facility that they own.

The AHCA report said the facility’s staffing schedule falls “far below” the hourly minimums dictated by state law, and that the facility’s staff “lack the minimum qualifications” needed to provide services in emergency situations.



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