State takes license from Birmingham nursing home

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state has taken the infrequent step of revoking the license of a nursing home after a Birmingham facility was cited for neglect, abuse and patients leaving unsupervised.

Witnesses told investigators a certified nurse's assistant at ConsultAmerica Health and Rehabilitation cursed at residents, once
jerked at one using a walker, and pinned a woman's arms down on a
table after the resident hit her.

ConsultAmerica found she was "disrespectful and discourteous to
residents" but not abusive.

Rick Harris directs the state's Bureau of Health Provider Standards and said the home had a string of really bad incidents.

ConsultAmerica was placed on probation in January 2009 and lost its license after waiving a March 11 revocation hearing.

It was the state's first license revocation since 2007.

Phone messages left for the home's owner were not returned.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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