State Officials Search Carson Nursing Home, Seize Records

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State officials have declined to say what prompted a search of a nursing home where six patients died in a single day last year.

The unit of the Nevada Attorney General's Office that deals with Medicaid fraud and elderly abuse obtained a warrant and seized records from the Evergreen at Mountain View Care Center during a search Thursday evening, said spokesman Tom Sargent.

He declined to discuss the reasons for the search, saying the warrant was sealed. He did say the attorney general's office would not get a search warrant and seize records "without a well-grounded and sound allegation or allegations."

Because of the volume of records seized, U.S. customs officers assisted in the search, Sargent said.

Six Evergreen at Mountain View patients died within 21 hours on Dec. 9, five at the care home and one at Carson-Tahoe Hospital. That prompted a joint investigation by the state and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The investigation found six patients in December had group A streptococcus bacteria that causes strep throat, including two of the six who died Dec. 9 and a third who died on another day. Three of the six with the strep bacteria did not die.

The Nevada Bureau of Licensure and Certification inspected Evergreen at Mountain View in October, December and January and found problems, including failures to implement an infection-control program, to set up an adequate program to ensure patients received vaccinations and to document that employees had required vaccinations.

Based on a state recommendation, the federal government in January said the facility could no longer receive Medicare payments for new patients. The facility was in compliance by March, and the restrictions were lifted.

Bill Amoureux, who took over in April as Evergreen's executive director, declined to discuss the facility's past problems.

"We've been making very good progress, and the care we're providing is very good," Amoureux said. "We have a very well-trained staff, and one that is dedicated to taking care of others who can't take care of themselves."