Tennessee suspends admissions to Cambridge House in Bristol

Rick Wagner • Nov 9, 2018 at 8:00 PM

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, M.D., has suspended new admissions of residents to The Cambridge House effective Nov. 8, 2018. A special monitor has been appointed to review the facility’s operations.

The Cambridge House, a 130-bed nursing home located at 250 Bellebrook Road in Bristol, Tenn., was ordered not to admit any new residents based on what Dreyzehner called continued failure to make payment and/or to establish a payment plan with TennCare for outstanding bed taxes, which threatens the financial viability of the facility and thus poses a detriment to the welfare of residents living in the facility.

The health commissioner may suspend admissions to a home for the aged when conditions are determined to be, or are likely to be, detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents. The order to suspend admissions remains effective until conditions have been and continue to remain corrected. A copy of the order must be posted at the public entrance where it can be plainly seen.

The nursing home has the right to a hearing regarding the suspension of admissions before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs online at www.tn.gov/health.

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