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Local nursing home shut down, residents relocated

Times-Tribune - 6/2/2024

SCRANTON — A local nursing home was shut down by the state Friday and residents were relocated, due to safety and health risks.

All residents from Mountain View Nursing and Rehabilitation, 2309 Stafford Ave., were safely relocated to other nearby facilities to receive the ongoing care they need.

A listed contact for each resident was notified about their respective family member’s relocation.

Effective this morning, the city of Scranton Code Enforcement Office declared the facility “Unsafe for human occupancy or use.”

Earlier, the state Department of Health said the facility is going through an "emergency relocation process due to the risk of resident's health and safety related to the physical environment."

"Simultaneously, facility staff, with support from ombudsman from the Department of Aging, is alerting the residents’ families of the temporary move," the statement concluded.

On April 4, the DOH posted its inspection results of the facility online, which indicated it was not in compliance with the state's licensure regulations.

The state said the facility failed to submit an audited annual financial report. It noted the nursing home was going through a change in ownership and was under temporary management.

The state said in that report, ". . there is no visual representation of ownership structure, no audited financial report and no supplement scheduled of annual gross revenues by payer type . . "

This isn't the first time the nursing care facility came under scrutiny. In September of 2021, it was given a one-star overall rating from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Despite its overall rating, however Mountain View maintained a four star rating when it came to the quality of resident care and deemed "above average" in that area.

Star ratings provide a snapshot of the quality of nursing homes, and can be an effective tool for consumers comparing facilities in search of long-term care. Star ratings alone often don’t tell the whole story, nursing home administrators and industry representatives say.

Records indicate the property is owned by MOT Menashe Realty, LLC., which incorporated in 2017, according to online records. Menache purchased the facility from Geisinger Community Medical Center in 2018 for $11 million, county online records say.

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