$16K Fine Proposed After Hep B Outbreak Killed Six

A state review committee is recommending that a Wayne County assisted living facility be fined $16,000 after six people died there last year.

The state's Penalty Review Committee today voted unanimously to make the recommendation against GlenCare of Mount Olive. A total of eight residents contracted Hepatitis B at the facility and state regulators said the likely blame for the outbreak was the reuse of glucometer and lancing devices without proper disinfecting and cleaning.

Last fall the state cited the facility with five violations. The proposed fine will be sent to the Health & Human Services Adult Care Section chief who will make a final determination of how much the fine will be.

A state report said GlenCare staff only cleaned the devices with alcohol swabs when it "looked like there was something on them."

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  • by V Location: Goldsboro on Jul 21, 2011 at 04:02 PM
    Amazing to me how the state of NC devalues life. Vehicular homocide gets you 4 years tops. The State Assembly passed a bill the year Adam Walsh Act was passed in DC allowing Sex offenders the RIGHT to petition to be removed from the registry on our dime. Now this. Who has to die for the tide to turn?
  • by SoManyMike on Jul 14, 2011 at 02:57 PM
    This is insulting to the families, and not a good sign to send to the caretakers at these facilities. Hopefully this will allow the families of the victims to sue.
  • by that's all? on Jul 14, 2011 at 02:27 PM
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    5 innocent lives = $16,000? I will keep my mother away from nursing homes and assisted living facilities. CNA'S are so stupid and useless.
  • by Bryan Location: Washington on Jul 14, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    My mother was in a nursing home here in Washington for about 2 years. Her care, initially, was not acceptable. But after I spoke with the head nurse - and made him an offer he couldn't refuse, things changed. Bottom line - if more families got involved with the care of their parents in these facilities, the care factor would rise. Sadly, many families ignore those in nursing homes. When the workers see family on a regular basis - they step up their game. Moral: if you have someone in a nursing home - visit them and let the staff know what you expect from them.
  • by Bob Location: Greenville on Jul 14, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    Nursing homes are the most regulated industry in the US. They are regulated much more than hospitals are and definitely more than assited livings. Do they make mistakes, sure but find a business that doesn't. It is the state and federal survey agencies that don't follow their own guidlines or enforce their rules evenly that allow unfortunate events like this to happen. And yes, a $16000 fine is ridiculous. Sad to think that our state only values a persons life at about $3200.
  • by Fran on Jul 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    Why are they not being charged with murder? A fine for killing people, give me a break.
  • by Subpar cops, nursing homes, what else? Location: NC on Jul 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    All of us could potentially end up in some sort of facility. Have seen too much in my lifetime. For profit nursing homes and assisted living facilities need to be held to a higher standard. This is not going to help improve the conditions. Maybe I do want to get out of NC for my retirement years.
  • by me Location: goldsboro,nc on Jul 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    The state should have closed their doors.
  • by cherie Location: gtown on Jul 14, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    all facilites in nc need to monitored closely
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