Sarasota Nursing Home Fined $2,500 for Class II Violation
State Records Show Negligence May Have Contributed to Resident’s Death
Officials with the Agency for Health Care Administration recently imposed a $2,500 state fine against the Tarpon Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for failing to ensure adequate and appropriate health care.
According to the February 2015 Final Order, one resident suffered a painful bowel impaction, subsequent hospitalization, and eventual death due to staff negligence. The impaction was triggered by a “systemic” breakdown of bowel safety protocols exacerbated by sloppy and “inaccurate” documentation that extended over a three-month period.
The Agency also issued Tarpon Point a conditional license and added the nursing home to the state’s watch list for dangerous care.
Tarpon Point is no stranger to federal or state sanctions as the facility has demonstrated a chronically poor regulatory track record for most of the past decade. Federal officials have levied $108,648 in fines over just the past three years while the Agency for Health Care Administration slapped the facility with two moratoriums, five conditional licenses, two-periods of abbreviated survey cycles, and roughly $80,000 in fines since 2006.
The 120-bed nursing home is owned by Preferred Care Partners Group, a for-profit corporation located in Plano, TX . Preferred Care Partners Group is ranked as America’s tenth largest nursing home chain and operates three other nursing homes in Florida in addition to Tarpon Point, which include: Ocoee Health Care Center, St. Andrews Bay Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and West Gables Health Care Center.