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Andover nursing home cooperating in investigation, CEO says

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, May 19, 2014, at 8:12 p.m.

The director of an Andover nursing home facing more than $185,000 in federal fines issued a statement Monday saying the staff is cooperating with authorities.

“We are and have been cooperating with law enforcement and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services,” Dennis Bush, CEO of Watercrest Communities, the owner and operator of Victoria Falls Skilled Nursing Home in Andover, said in a statement.

Bush said the Andover Police Department began investigating the nursing home in January.

“We provided those records swiftly but were given no information as to the purpose of the request,” Bush said in the statement.

On Wednesday, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services issued a statement saying it had completed an investigation into Victoria Falls and cited it for failing to meet certain regulations and to investigate and self-report complaints of abuse or neglect.

A department inspection showed at least two of the 63 residents suffered verbal and physical abuse, including one targeted by at least four staff members between Sept. 1 and April 10 and another that had been repeatedly abused by a fellow resident.

“When notified about alleged incidents in March of 2014 ... we immediately took action, and one employee was terminated,” Bush said in his statement on Monday. Two other employees were placed on suspension in April following the department investigation.

Bush said the nursing home used a team approach in providing health care for its 63 residents, utilizing information provided by physicians, pharmacists, psychiatrists and social workers.

“No grievances were filed internally, and our staff never received concerns from any of our external team,” Bush said “We are continuing our own investigation as well, one that will be ongoing until all of our questions and concerns are answered.”

Victoria Falls has both a nursing home at 224 E. Central and an assisted-living facility in Andover; the assisted-living center at 408 E. Central is not involved in the investigation.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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