Dunbar Center named a “Special Focus Facility” by CMS – Designation means this nursing home needs closer scrutiny due to ongoing problems

Dunbar Center has been dubbed a “Special Focus Facility” or “SFF” by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This designation is not something to be proud of. In fact, Dunbar Center has been recognized as a “facility that has not improved” and has been on this list for four months. In short, special focus facilities are found to have MORE problems that other nursing homes, more SERIOUS problems than other nursing homes, and a PATTERN of serious problems that persist OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.

A snapshot of Dunbar Center is available at the medicare.gov website, which uses a five star rating system to judge how well a facility operates. Five stars is much above average and one star is much below average. Dunbar Center is only one star for health inspections, two stars for staffing, and two stars overall. For staffing, which helps determine how many care hours each patient may get per day from RNs, LPNs and CNAs, Dunbar Center ranked below the West Virginia average and the national average in ALL categories.

The list of Special Focus Facilities can be found at this link: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/CertificationandComplianc/Downloads/SFFList.pdf

If you believe your loved one may be the victim of abuse or neglect at Dunbar Center or at another facility in West Virginia, Ohio or Pennsylvania, call the lawyers at Goddard & Wagoner PLLC at 304-623-HELP (4357) or visit our webpage at www.GoddardLawWV.com.