Monday, August 02, 2010

Jacksonville nursing avoids being shut down

The scheduled closure of a Jacksonville nursing home is on hold indefinitely while an appeals court decides its fate.

Glenwood Nursing Center, whose license had been revoked by state authorities, had been ordered to close its doors by Aug. 26. But the center appealed the decision, saying it hadn't been given enough time to respond to the charges.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration revoked the center's license in July, saying it failed to stop problems with resident-on-resident abuse and other dangers. Lawyers for the center say they planned to file a response and ask for a hearing on the matter, but weren't given the proper amount of time. The agency said the center missed the deadline to file.

On Friday, the First District Court of Appeal ordered that the center's closure be delayed until that question is resolved. If the center wins its case, it would be given a chance to appeal the license revocation.

In the meantime, the center agreed to be inspected every six months.

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