Appalachian Christian Village once again allowed to admit patients

Sue Guinn Legg • Feb 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM

The Tennessee Department of Health announced Tuesday it has lifted a suspension of admissions at Appalachian Christian Village based on its finding that conditions that resulted in the abuse of an elderly patient with dementia by three nursing assistants and the nursing home’s failure to immediately report the abuse have been corrected,

The Department of Health suspended admissions at the nursing home Feb. 9 based on federal inspectors’ report that found the nursing home had placed all its residents with dementia in immediate jeopardy by failing to stop and immediately report the abuse a resident.

At the time of the suspension Eric Ebbert, an attorney representing ACV, said the nursing home conducted an internal investigation of the and reported the alleged abuse to the Department of Health within five days of learning of the allegations. Ebbert said the nursing home also reported the alleged abuse to local law enforcement and fired the three nursing assistants who allegedly committed the abuse as well two other ACV employees as a result of it in-house investigation.

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