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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.

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 3.49.46 PMAccording 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.