State to Revoke Gooding, Idaho Nursing Home’s License

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has revoked the license of the Gooding Rehabilitation and Living Center, nearly one month after a resident committed suicide on Nov. 11 and one week after the center was placed on a national list of underperforming nursing homes.

In a letter to the center dated Wednesday, Randy May, deputy administrator of the department’s Division of Medicaid, said department staff determined that steps proposed by the nursing home on Nov. 16 removed the immediate danger to its residents. But problems still remained, the letter said, and citing a “history of serious deficiencies,” the department decided there was no other alternative to pulling the center’s state license.

The center’s administrator now has 28 days to file an appeal with the state requesting an administrative review of the report, Health and Welfare spokeswoman Emily Simnitt said. If no appeal is filed by that date, the 80-bed center will be forced to close, requiring its residents to move.

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