A Pinellas Park nursing home has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization after a string of fines and accusations of patient abuse that landed it on a national list of most-troubled institutions.
According to court documents filed last month, GraceWood Rehabilitation and Nursing Care owes more than $3.2 million to unsecured creditors, including $1.675 million to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (FAHCA). Gracewood's Tampa-based parent company, Senior Care Group Inc., also filed for Chapter 11, listing close to $1 million in unsecured payments. It owes more than $242,000 to Blue Cross Blue Shield and $215,790 to the FAHCA.
GraceWood, which is located at 8600 U.S. Hwy. 19 North, and Senior Care received permission to remain operational during the court proceedings. Other subsidiaries of Senior Care — including two locations in St. Petersburg and one location each in Clearwater, Tampa and Key West — also filed for bankruptcy.
The company was under financial pressures before its bankruptcy filing. In April, a company sued Senior Care when a $20-million deal to buy GraceWood and affiliate HarbourWood Health and Rehab Center in Clearwater failed.
GraceWood came under scrutiny again about four months ago after a resident, Wilbert Henry Moten, died from heart failure after being taken to Northside Hospital with second-degree burns and blisters.
Last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service placed GraceWood on a list for the most troubled nursing homes in the nation. The nursing facility had also been added on a statewide list by the FAHCA since at least 2015. Records indicate GraceWood has been fined at least three times for poor care of its residents since late 2012.
Senior Care Group, headquartered at 1240 Marbella Plaza Dr., purchased the 120-bed center, GraceWood in December 2005. It also has facilities in Oklahoma and North Carolina.
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