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STATE FINES COLONIAL MANOR

May 29, 1998

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The state has issued an order assessing a $2,500 civil penalty against a Lawrence nursing home for violations of nursing home regulations.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued the order against Colonial Manor, 3015 W. 31st.

According to a news release, KDHE staff inspected the facility on March 25 and March 26 and issued a correction order on April 14, citing the Colonial Manor for failure to meet standards for quality of care.

KDHE staff conducted follow-up inspections on April 29, April 30, May 4 and May 5 that determined the deficiencies had not yet been corrected.

The state alleges the violations included failure to monitor the blood-glucose levels of one resident, and failure to prevent a 12 percent weight loss of another, said KDHE spokesman Don Brown.

The nursing home referred calls to its parent company, Beverly Health Care.

Bill Popp, an official with Beverly Health Care in Independence, Mo., said the penalty is under appeal.

``We have taken aggressive steps to correct any deficiencies that we have had,'' he said. ``We are committed to quality.''

KDHE assesses a fine when a facility fails to correct the deficiencies by the second visit; or in some cases following the first.

Department surveyors continue to check the facility to ensure the deficiencies are corrected. The order is subject to appeal to the secretary of Health and Environment.

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