Walterboro nursing home in crisis situation, could lose federal funding

Walterboro nursing home in crisis situation, could lose federal funding

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - A Walterboro nursing home has been determined to be in a crisis situation.

Investigators with the State Department of Health and Environmental Control did a four-day on-site inspection at the Veterans Victory House last week.

A spokesman with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says DHEC found the nursing home to be in immediate jeopardy. That means the nursing home is not in compliance with one or more requirements.

According to regulations, conditions at the nursing home are likely to cause serious injury, harm, impairment or death to a resident or patient.

Pam Copeland is very familiar with the Veterans Victory House. Copeland’s family placed her father, Keith Thompson, in the facility in January 2017.

"Things were good at first. We were very pleased with the care. It was one of the nicest facilities you could ever imagine walking into," Copeland said Wednesday.

Copeland says her father’s condition worsened and he died this past September from an infection in his bloodstream. Before he died, she asked nursing home officials several questions and said she didn’t get any real answers.

Copeland is one of several families who filed complaints with DHEC.

"I've contacted many different organizations, congressmen, senators, DHEC, the Department of Mental Health," Copeland said.

DHEC said they can't comment on an ongoing investigation.

If corrections aren't made, Veterans Victory House could lose it's federal funding.

The spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told us DHEC's case against the nursing home has not yet been transferred to their regional office and that DHEC has ten days to do so.

Copeland is hoping something positive comes out of the investigation.

"I just want to see things get better at the Victory House. Our veterans deserve better than what they receive right now," Copeland said.

Veterans Victory House Administrator Sandra Ferguson issued a statement:

“The facility is responding to questions from a recent facility visit from DHEC. The state has been provided with additional information and a statement that alleges compliance with requirements of participation.”

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