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By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
A spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed Tuesday that Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation, a local nursing home, had several immediate jeopardy deficiencies that resulted in an investigation that concluded late last week.

Andrea Turner, spokesperson for the TDOH, said there was a complaint investigation that began on Friday, July 29, at Lebanon Health and Rehabilitation, where there was a reported immediate jeopardy deficiency. The investigation wrapped up on Friday, Aug. 5, after the deficiency was remedied.

There was either an existing situation or the likelihood of a situation that would have been detrimental to the health or welfare of a resident, Turner said.

Turner indicated investigators from the department were on hand at the facility during the week-long investigation to determine the nature of the deficiency. Turner also pointed out that additional deficiencies were found.

If the deficiency had not been resolved, Turner said the TDOH would take steps to suspend admissions at the facility or terminate the facilitys certification. The department typically notifies the public of this type of action. However, in this case, a notification was not given.

Because they were able to address the deficiency, none of that took place, Turner said, adding the notification was not made because the deficiency was addressed during the investigation.

The exact nature of the deficiencies is at this time unknown as Turner was not able to provide The Wilson Post with the full deficiencies report from the investigators by press time for this article.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com

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