The Shut Out: Why have Humboldt County’s skilled nursing facilities stopped accepting patients

Linda Stansberry
July 9, 2015


From January to July 2015, Seaview Rehabilitation and Wellness Center had 44 deficiencies, one instance of failure to prevent infection, and no actions taken against the facility. Information about complaints in 2014 of the Seaview facility were not available online, and the facility was noted as being out of compliance in 2014.

Mike Connors of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform describes the conditions at Seaview as “alarming.” CANHR has been seeking a meeting with the State Department of Healthcare Services regarding Brius Healthcare Services’ refusal to accept new patients. Brius has a near-monopoly of skilled nursing services in Humboldt County.

“This kind of thing would not happen if the operator did not have a monopoly. Why the state allowed the facility to have a monopoly is a question as well,” said Connors. “If they are refusing to admit clients because they say they don’t like the Medi-Cal rate, they’re being discriminatory. State and federal government should be putting a stop to it.”

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Organizations mentioned/involved: California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
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