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State bans new admissions at Edwardsville nursing home at Edwardsville nursing home

November 22, 2000

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has banned new admissions to the Edwardsville Convalescent Center.

"The primary concern, although there are many, centers on deficiencies that pertain to abuse and neglect of residents and the apparent failure of the facility to investigate those allegations," said Mike Heideman, public information officer for KDHE. "There are a number of deficiencies. The level of seriousness of them varies."

The department has issued an order stating that during visits to the nursing home on six days in October, investigators found 28 deficiencies that must be corrected before the center again can accept patients. Heideman said the center was caring for 43 people on Oct. 27, the date of the last visit.

Todd Whitmarsh, director of the nursing home, which is owned by Beverly Enterprises, did not return telephone calls from The Mirror.

"The main reason admission bans are used as an effective tool is they stop the revenue stream," Heideman said. "It's proven to be a good enforcement tool over the years. It's designed to encourage centers to come back into compliance quickly."

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