New admissions to Tennessee nursing home suspended

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's health commissioner has suspended admissions to a nursing home after an investigation found problems with the facility.

Commissioner John Dreyzehner said in a news release Tuesday that Laughlin Health Care Center in Greeneville has been ordered not to admit new residents. The release says investigators found violations related to the facility's administration, performance improvement and nursing services.

Dreyzehner imposed $6,000 in civil penalties. A special monitor has been appointed to review the 90-bed nursing home's operations.

Admissions to an assisted care living facility may be suspended when conditions are detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of residents.

The facility has the right to a hearing regarding the suspension.Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.