June 22, 2018
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Nursing home where maggots found on resident clears state review

By Jackie Farwell, BDN Staff

SANFORD, Maine — A nursing home where maggots were found on a resident earlier this month has passed a state investigation into a complaint of neglect.

An inspector with the Department of Health and Human Services who visited Newton Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, a 74-bed nursing home owned and operated by Goodall Hospital, found no deficiencies, according to DHHS spokesman John Martins.

“Each room in the facility was examined for a variety of things including the presence of flies, the tightness of screens and cleanliness,” he wrote in an email. “Newton Center staff was also interviewed about protocols followed in incidents involving fly larvae. The inspector found staff to be appropriately trained and that all protocols were appropriately followed in this case.”

Fly larvae were found on a resident at the July Street nursing home during a routine skin check. Newton Center staff reported the incident to DHHS, prompting the investigation.

In a press release Monday, Newton Center stressed the larvae were caught early and the incident was an isolated event. The resident was well cared for, and staff acted immediately and professionally, the release states, referencing intense media coverage of the incident.

“Newton Center has a solid reputation and commitment to providing outstanding quality of care for all of those in our care,” Patsy Aprile, president and CEO of Goodall Hospital, said in the release. “This unfortunate incident resulted in unfair characterizations of the care we deliver to our residents and exaggerated the nature of the issue. We are pleased that the DHHS report and investigation affirmed what we already knew — this incident was handled in the appropriate manner by the Newton Center staff and our residents have been given the very best care.”

An annual inspection of the Newton Center conducted last September through the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found a number of deficiencies at the nursing home, though none related to larvae.

Newton Center said earlier this month it has resolved the issues and been cleared by the federal government.

Because Maine is stringent in enforcing federal nursing home inspection requirements, only about 10 percent of facilities in the state emerge from their annual review with no deficiencies, Richard Erb, president and CEO of Maine Health Care Association, which represents Maine nursing homes and assisted living and residential care facilities, said earlier this month.

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