Background Information on NHC Healthcare
Headquartered in Tennessee, NHC Healthcare operates a number of nursing home facilities in the area. NHC Place at Cool Springs is one such location, with its facilities located at 211 Cool Springs Blvd in Franklin, TN 37067. NHC Place at Cool Springs can be reached via phone at (615) 778-6800. Owned by a limited liability company, this for-profit facility does business as Nhc Healthcare – Cool Springs, LLC. It is home to 180 certified beds—a number that is significantly higher than the national average—and does not accept Medicaid, opting only to accept Medicare coverage. It is an independent community with a resident council and an overall three star rating granted by Medicare; however, certain areas of its care in light of staffing and residents’ quality of live lag behind more than others.
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An Overview of Cool Springs’ NHC Facility
NHC Place at Cool Springs has seen its fair share of legal troubles, with its parent company amassing more than $28 million in fines across the entire NHC brand. The Cool Springs location specifically was fined just over $12,000 in 2019 and again in 2020, but a fine from 2015 as a result of a nursing home violation cost the facility $663,500. NCH in general has faced fines not only for its level of patient care but also for health and safety violations for workers, as well as other employment issues. Health and safety violation may lead to serious injuries such as bed sores, falls, and even wrongful death.
In terms of short stays, residents tend to do well, with above average access to registered nurses. However, long-stay patients have a much less quality experience, rated at Below Average at only two of five stars according to Medicare. Only 60.3% of high-risk residents receive a pneumonia vaccine, which is significantly lower than the national average of 93.8%. Additionally, quality of life outcomes tend to be worse at the Cool Springs facility than nationwide, with 38.4% of residents experiencing a decrease in their ability to move independently and 24.8% needing increased assistance with activities of daily living.
Recent Health Inspections and Results
In terms of health inspections, NHC Place at Cool Springs scores below average. Its most recent report, from August 22, 2019, included instances of “actual harm”—the most severe ranking for nursing home deficiencies, indicating that residents experienced genuine harm as a result of the nursing home’s behavior. In this instance, NHC Place failed to notify a resident’s physician about a pressure ulcer, and it developed into a severe, unstageable bedsore that caused harm to the resident.
In a previous health inspection from October 2018, the inspector reported that the facility failed to keep sharp or dangerous objects away from residents. The facility was cited for issues such as keeping scissors, screwdrivers, and nails in the rooms of residents who were noted by physicians to require supervision around sharp objects. These hazardous items were also found left out on trays and carts unsupervised in the hallways. In the same inspection, NHC Place was also cited for failing to properly store medication, including leaving syringes and bottles of medicated cream in residents’ rooms, where they could be accessed at will.
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