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O.C. NURSING HOMES: A SPECIAL REPORT

Nursing Homes' Report Card

January 18, 1998

Eighteen Orange County facilities were cited for poor care in 1997. Survey reports, complaints and citations for 1996 and 1997 show three or more incidents in various categories:

* Anaheim Terrace Care Center

141 S. Knott Ave., Anaheim

Beds: 99

Problems: Bedsores; quality of care; inaccurate records; medical needs neglected; call lights ignored, disabled or not answered promptly

* Care House Convalescent Hospital

1800 Old Tustin Ave., Santa Ana

Beds: 174

Problems: Bedsores; falls; quality of care; inaccurate records; call lights ignored, disabled or not answered promptly; medical needs neglected; improper restraints

* Coventry Court Health Center

2040 S. Euclid Ave., Anaheim

Beds: 97

Problems: Poor nutrition; bedsores; quality of care; inaccurate records; medical needs neglected; improper restraints; call lights ignored, disabled or not answered promptly

* Fairway Convalescent Center

2800 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton

Beds: 59

Problems: Isolated problems only (citation for one bedsores case); no 1997 survey

* Fairview Convalescent Center (skilled nursing portion of state-owned facility)

250 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa

Beds: 406

Problems: Poor nutrition; bedsores; improper restraints

* Flagship HealthCare Center

466 Flagship Road, Newport Beach

Beds: 167

Problems: Bedsores; falls; quality of care; unsanitary conditions/infection control; inaccurate records; medical needs neglected; improper restraints; call lights ignored, disabled or not answered promptly

* Harbor Health Care

2222 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton

Beds: 300

Problems: Poor nutrition; bedsores; quality of care; inaccurate records; medical needs neglected; call lights ignored, disabled or not answered promptly

* Integrated Health Services at Orange Hills

5017 E. Chapman Ave., Orange

Beds: 145

Problems: Bedsores; call lights ignored, disabled or not answered promptly; no 1997 survey

* Lake Forest Nursing Center

25652 Old Trabuco Road, Lake Forest

Beds: 179

Problems: Falls; quality of care; bedsores; inaccurate records; medical needs neglected; call lights ignored, disabled or not answered promptly; improper restraints

* Manor Care (formerly Palm Terrace Health Care)

24962 Calle Aragon, Laguna Hills

Beds: 99

Problems: Dehydration; inaccurate records; medical needs neglected

* Martin Luther Hospital Medical Center (skilled nursing portion)

1830 W. Romneya Drive, Anaheim

Beds: 22

Problems: Poor nutrition; improper restraints; call lights not answered

* Newport Rehabilitation Center

1555 Superior Ave., Newport Beach

Beds: 59

Problems: Dehydration; poor nutrition; bedsores; quality of care; inaccurate records; medical needs neglected; call lights ignored, disabled or not answered promptly

* Orange West Care Center in Buena Park

9021 Knott Ave., Buena Park

Beds: 99

Problems: Quality of care; call lights ignored, disabled or not answered promptly; no 1997 survey

* Port Bay Convalescent Center (closed September 1997, still licensed)

2570 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa

Beds: 139

Problems: Dehydration; poor nutrition; bedsores; falls; quality of care; unsanitary conditions/infection control; inaccurate records; medical needs neglected; call lights ignored, disabled or not answered promptly

* Sun Mar Health Care Inc.

1720 W. Orange Ave., Anaheim

Beds: 69

Problems: Poor nutrition; bedsores; inaccurate records; medical needs neglected

* Sunny Hills Convalescent Hospital

330 W. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton

Beds: 99

Problems: Poor nutrition, bedsores

* Terrace View Care Center (formerly Sunhaven Convalescent Hospital)

201 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton

Beds: 59

Problems: Poor nutrition; bedsores; no 1997 survey

* Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center of Anaheim

3415 W. Ball Road, Anaheim

Beds: 154

Problems: Poor nutrition; bedsores; falls; quality of care; unsanitary conditions/infection control; inaccurate records; medical needs neglected; improper restraints

QUESTIONABLE DEATHS

Questionable deaths were noted by state regulators at eight Orange County nursing homes in 1996 and 1997:

Facilities cited and fined for actions causing a death or "substantial probability of death":

* Newport Rehabilitation Center

* Anaheim Terrace Care Center

* Harbor Health Care

* Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center

Facilities cited for actions affecting "health, safety and security," and residents died:

* Sun Mar Nursing Center

* Lake Forest Nursing Center

* Port Bay Care Center

Facilities where regulators raised questions about deaths in state survey reports but took no further action:

* Port Bay Care Center

* Fairview Convalescent Center

* Lake Forest Nursing Center

Source: California Department of Health Services; Researched by LEE ROMNEY and JANET WILSON / Los Angeles Times

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