Officials say Cedarcreek in Warren will remain open for now

First News received several reports that Cedarcreek in Warren is closing, but officials say it will remain open for now. The health care facility did receive a proposal to have its Medicare license revoked, but it has a chance to respond and appeal.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – First News received several reports that Cedarcreek Health and Rehab on Tod Avenue is closing, but officials say that is not the case.

Cedarcreek is owned by New Beginnings Care, LLC. The same company owns Campus Health Care in Liberty, which shut down on Friday after a state inspection that listed the facility on a federal “worst of the worst” list.

Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health sent a letter to Campus Health notifying them that they were going to shut the facility down within a month, unless Campus Health requested a hearing to challenge the decision. The company responded by moving its residents out and shutting the facility down.

State Long Term Care Ombudsman Beverley Laubert said no action is being taken by the state in regard to Cedarcreek closing, but the Department of Medicaid sent Cedarcreek a certified letter and email on Friday indicating a proposal to revoke the Medicaid provider agreement between the nursing home and department for reimbursement from the government. The facility has a right to appeal and can make corrections.

Laubert said the letter may not have any impact on the operation.

According to a Medicare Nursing Home Profile of Cedarcreek on its website, Cedarcreek received an overall rating of one star — much below average for similar facilities. Health inspections conducted in 2015 noted 12 “health deficiencies.”

Some of the deficiencies noted were chipping paint and drywall throughout the facility, as well as some dirt buildup and the smell of sewage at the time of inspection. The inspections noted that the facility failed to notify doctors of some conditions that its patients; one resident said she was admitted to the facility with four missing teeth and one broken tooth and she had not seen a dentist, although she wanted to.

Another report noted food and staffing shortages at Cedarcreek.

John Saulitis, long term care ombudsman director at the Area Agency on Aging 11, said Cedarcreek is also part of the same bankruptcy filing as Campus Health Care. New Beginnings operates 14 nursing homes, including two in Ohio, 10 in Georgia, one in Oklahoma and one in Tennessee.

Saulitis said, despite rumors and fears from residents and employees at Cedarcreek, its license has not been revoked by the State of Ohio.

WKBN called Cedarcreek at 7:30 p.m. Friday. A floor nurse, who could not comment on the matter, answered the telephone. WKBN has yet to hear back from representatives at Cedarcreek or New Beginnings.

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