LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) – New Beginnings has more than a dozen nursing homes all around the country, including two in Trumbull County.
The nursing home shut down voluntarily on Friday. That move came after state inspections triggered a process that would have removed the nursing home from the Medicaid and Medicare programs.
Monday, Investigative Reporter Amanda Smith pored through hundreds of inspection and Medicare records to look into New Beginnings’ track record.
Nursing homes owned by New Beginnings have had to pay more than $100,000 in fines for violations just in the last year.
In Tennessee, the state health commissioner refused to allow new patients to be admitted to their John H. Reed nursing home.
A report in December showed the home was understaffed, and several residents there developed severe bedsores.
And in Abbeville, Georgia, workers told state inspectors the nursing home had no heat or central air for more than a year.
Cedarcreek in Warren is owned by New Beginnings, and there is a history of problems there too.
In August, the Ohio Department of Health cited Cedarcreek for not having enough food for residents.
Cooks told state inspectors they only had a pound of chicken to feed 40 residents dinner.
And for breakfast the same day, residents were given a cup of plain gravy and a single piece of toast.
Friday, WKBN broke new of how a woman died at Campus Health Care, also owned by New Beginnings, in Liberty after severe weight loss.
Investigators said the staff didn’t keep track of her nutrition.
Warren City Councilwoman Helen Rucker once worked in a nursing home and said she knows workers genuinely care about residents.
“The employees are wanting to do a good job for them, they fall in love with them,” Rucker said. “And when you have a management that doesn’t care, it’s the worst thing that could happen not only to the workers but to those seniors.”
She said she wants to see if there is some way city council can inspect nursing homes and said the state should also take action.
“I hope these people lose their license and I hope they lose it across the country,” Rucker said.
WKBN emailed an attorney listed for New Beginnings but has not heard back yet. Phone calls to the company have not been returned.
WKBN also reached out to the Centers for Medicare to ask if the widespread problems could trigger a larger investigation. Medicare hasn’t returned those calls, saying they’re looking in to the matter.
Here is a list of the nursing homes operated by New Beginnings, along with links to their Medicare ratings:
- AR, Lonoke Red Oak Nursing and Rehabilitation (1 star)
- GA, Abbeville Abbeville Healthcare & Rehab (1 star)
- GA, Eastman Eastman Healthcare & Rehab (2 stars)
- GA, Jeffersonville Jeffersonville Health & Rehab (1 star)
- GA, Macon Goodwill Health and Rehab (3 stars)
- GA, Midway Woodlands Health Care (2 stars)
- GA, Tybee Island Oceanside (2 stars)
- GA, Tybee Island Savannah Beach Nursing & Rehab Center (3 stars)
- GA, Whigham Pinewood Nursing Center (1 star)
- OK, Oklahoma City Edwards Redeemer (1 star)
- TN, Limestone John Reed Healthcare & Rehab (3 stars)