State returns to Valley View Manor

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State health investigators are drafting a report based on an unannounced inspection last week at Craig's Valley View Manor.

A survey team with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's health facilities division completed its one-day inspection Wednesday and has 10 days to publish findings, said Jean-Marie Regan, public information officer with the state agency.

Regan declined to comment on the findings. The inspection was not initiated by complaints -- and was instead a standard review done at each Colorado elderly care facility every nine to 15 months, she said.

The reviews are a prescribed process involving resident interviews, review of records and observations, Regan said, adding that corrective plans could be required from Valley View's administration for any new deficiencies.

"It depends on the scope and severity, and whether there was actual harm," Regan said.

Celia McKonkey, Valley View administrator, said inspectors cited three deficiencies last week -- "administrative" in nature and "not related to actual resident care."

McKonkey declined to discuss specific citations.

Colorado health officials have said such unannounced inspections typically lead to "five to six" deficiencies for every facility.

The inspection was Valley View's first since state officials in

December ruled the facility back in compliance with federal Medicare and Medicaid guidelines.

The state had threatened to close Valley View and move its elderly residents after an unannounced inspection in November that turned up 16 deficiencies -- ranging from alleged inaccurate assessment of residents' conditions, failure by staff and nurses to implement doctors' orders and provide medication, to a lack of resident supervision.

The health department accepted Valley View's correction plan Dec. 13 for each deficiency, while state health officials said the facility has since returned to the nine- to 15-month standard inspection schedule.

Valley View Manor is Moffat County's lone elderly care facility and home to 40 people.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com

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