(Continued from p. 28)
Association released the second in a series of reports criticizing Hillhaven Corp.'s attempts to capitalize on subacute-care services in California.
The report, titled Unsafe Havens, examines patient-care issues at 30 Hillhaven-operated subacute-care facilities in California.
"The questions about subacute care raised by the report are especially important in light of Gov. (Pete) Wilson's proposal to move Medi-Cal patients in need of transitional care out of hospitals and into nursing homes such as Hillhaven," the report said.
A March 1995 SEIU report criticized the patient-care record of Hillhaven, the nation's second-largest nursing home chain, in one subacute-care facility in Oakland, Calif.
That report, titled Unsafe Haven, repeatedly cited the nursing home chain for "deficiencies in ensuring quality of care" as well as "deficiencies in assessing the needs of residents."
The first report came in the midst of the Tacoma, Wash.-based company's attempts to fight off Horizon Healthcare Corp., which presented Hillhaven with two separate billion-dollar takeover offers. Hillhaven has since announced plans to merge with Vencor, a Louisville, Ky.-based operator of intensive-care hospitals.
Meanwhile, Albuquerque, N.M.-based Horizon and its executives came under fire earlier this year when a patient-care advocacy group published a report criticizing the quality of care at Horizon's nursing homes in Massachusetts.
In its report, Cape Cod Cares, a Hyannis, Mass.-based group with ties to the SEIU, said it discovered "a pattern of chronic violations of patient-care standards" at Horizon-run nursing homes in Massachusetts, a charge dismissed by a Horizon spokesman as "misinformation" by labor organizers trying to unionize Horizon employees.
Horizon in March announced plans to merge with Continental Medical Systems, Mechanicsburg, Pa., in a deal valued at $502 million.