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Nursing home passes final inspection

Carlton's Inter-Faith Care Center got some excellent news Wednesday.

"We passed," said an elated Inter-Faith Care Center Administrator Connie Anderson, after inspectors from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) left the facility. "We've been telling everyone. It's important that the community knows we won this battle."

It was the fourth revisit to the popular nursing home by MDH inspectors since the nursing home failed its annual inspection Aug. 1, 2012, on a number of points, although none of those was ranked beyond a Level 2 offense, meaning "no actual harm, no immediate jeopardy."

Because Inter-Faith passed its inspection, it means the threat of having its Medicare and Medicaid payments terminated as of Feb. 2 is no longer in effect.

Although most of the initial issues were corrected quickly, Anderson said last week that Inter-Faith was cited after the most recent visit for care issues and documentation for pressure ulcers/bed sores related to one patient. Since then the nursing home had updated policies, procedures and documentation and paid a wound-certified RN (registered nurse) to come and train staff for a week in wound care protocol, treatment and intervention.

Anderson issued a statement to the Pine Journal Wednesday afternoon:

"Today, Jan. 30, the Minnesota Department of Health entered the facility to complete their fourth re-visit to Inter-Faith Care Center. I am happy to announce that we corrected the previously cited deficiency. Because of this, the Notice of Termination for Medicaid and Medicare payment is rescinded, and Inter-Faith Care Center is back to business as usual. Our nursing team worked very hard to make the necessary improvements to correct the Pressure Ulcer Deficiency and I'm pleased to say that we now have an excellent Wound Care program in place. This was a very difficult and challenging time for our staff, residents, family and Board. Overcoming this deficiency has made Inter-Faith Care Center a better facility. I am proud of all the staff that worked so hard to correct this issue."