Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported that Southwest Regional Specialty Hospital was fined almost $40,000 for violating state health and safety codes. Southwest Regional’s nearly $39,000 in fines made it top on the list of penalty-payers and the only institution to be listed twice in the 12-month period. Southwest is a 30-bed facility owned and operated by Fundamental Long Term Care Holdings. Fundamental also owns the 58-bed Southwest Regional Skilled Nursing Center at the same address, according to Fundamental’s Web site.
Southwest Regional Specialty Hospital was fined $25,000 in January after an inspection found it violated eight Texas Health and Safety codes. Among the categories violated were “infection control,” “emergency services,” “pharmacy services,” “nursing services,” “requirements for transfer of patients between hospitals,” and “governing body.” The Jan. 22 report also shows the hospital must serve a period of “probated suspension,” under which the hospital is able to continue operations.
Previously, the hospital was fined $13,950 for six violations relating to “patient rights,” “staffing,” “nursing services,” “non-employee licensed nurses,” “authentication of orders” and “governing body,” according to the report.