Inspections detail deficiencies at Aurora nursing homes

Subtitle: Proposed buyer of Citizens and Montevue has spotty quality record
Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Bethany Rodgers
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Date Published: 06/22/2013

The company looking to buy Frederick County’s nursing and assisted living centers has a bumpy track record for resident care, with some facilities scoring well in quality checks and others faulted for reported instances of medical error, inattentiveness and verbal abuse. County officials have said resident care was a top consideration as they evaluated potential buyers for Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living. The $30 million purchase offer now under consideration was not the highest bid the county received for the two facilities, but Aurora Health Management’s proposal rose above the rest when weighing the well-being of residents and facility employees, officials have said. Commissioners President Blaine Young says he believes the facilities will end up in good hands if sold to Aurora. In forming his opinion, Young said he relied heavily on the team of county officials who recommended Aurora as the top bidder. “I don’t know a lot about nursing homes,” he said. “I put confidence in the evaluation team.” The evaluation team joined Citizens’ executive administrator and its director of nursing to tour an Aurora facility in Princess Anne and left impressed by the operation. However, online records show the seven facilities now owned by the Millersville-based Aurora have performed unevenly in quality evaluations. All skilled nursing centers that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments must undergo periodic inspections, which are then used to rate the facilities. Citizens currently has above-average ratings for overall quality and health care. But according to the Medicare website, two of Aurora’s seven facilities were graded as below average, and another is rated as much below average.