Beverly Nursing Homes Pass First Round Of State Inspections

Dave Copeland

BEVERLY, MA — All three of Beverly's long-term care facilities were deemed "in adherence" in the first round of inspections by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Statewide, 12 nursing homes scored under the 20-point threshold needed to be deemed "in adherence", while 119 scored 20 points but failed in one of the six core standards, meaning they were also found to be in noncompliance. The remaining 228 nursing homes scored 20 points or higher and met the six core standards.

The inspections were the first in the COVID-19 Nursing Facility Accountability and Support Program announced by Gov. Charlie Baker on April 27. The audits, which are funded by $130 million the Baker administration allocated to slow the spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes, will be conducted every two weeks.

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The Beverly nursing homes included in the report were:

  • Blueberry Hill Rehab & Healthcare Center: 27 points.
  • CareOne at Essex Park: 26 points.
  • Ledgewood Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center: 28 points.

The state didn't release a breakdown of scores for individual nursing homes showing where they failed to comply with the standards laid out in the program's compliance checklist.

Long-term care facilities account for 61 percent coronavirus-related deaths in Massachusetts. Of the states 88,970 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Wednesday, 18,801 were either patients or workers in long-term care facilities.

Read the complete nursing home inspection report.

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This article originally appeared on the Beverly Patch