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"Nursing facilities’ CEO is fined"

State official says Millville resident out of business’ because of health case

By Jim Schultz, Record Searchlight
November 21, 2006

The chief executive officer of two Shasta County nursing homes and his corporation have been fined a total of $18,000 for jeopardizing patients’ health and safety, a state attorney general’s office spokesman said Monday.

Robert Roy, 65, of Millville also received a 60–day suspended jail sentence and three years’ probation, said Collin Wong–Martinusen, director of the attorney general’s bureau of Medi–Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse.

"He’s out of business," Wong–Martinusen said.

Roy’s attorney, Russell Swartz, could not be reached Monday for comment.

Roy, who was arrested in December, owned Western Care Management Corp., which did business as Rehab Specialties Inn in Anderson and Applewood Inn care center in Redding.

According to Wong–Martinusen, Roy earlier this month pleaded no contest to two counts of violating health and safety regulations. In addition, no–contest pleas to four elder abuse counts were entered on behalf of his corporation.

Western Care Management, which Roy owned and operated, was fined $13,000, and Roy was fined $5,000, Wong–Martinusen said, adding that the fines were the maximum amount allowed under law.

Roy is also banned from being a health care provider for at least five years, Wong–Martinusen said, speculating that it’s unlikely that Roy would get back his license at that time.

Wong–Martinusen said an investigation of Rehab Specialties Inn uncovered persistent understaffing levels that put patients at a significant risk of injury and possible death.

Poor hygiene and unsanitary conditions were common and, in one case, a patient was found covered by ants with ants crawling in and out of the patient’s feeding tube, Wong–Martinusen said.

The two facilities are under state receivership and the state is in the process of identifying a new buyer. The state Department of Health Services has a $2 million lien against the sale of both facilities to recover the state’s receivership costs.

Wong–Martinusen has said that the original complaint against Roy was filed in 2004. That complaint alleged that a female patient received inadequate care and as a result suffered weight loss, bed sores and a significant decline in her mental alertness. A subsequent investigation uncovered widespread problems, he has said.