Hawley Wants Probe of Albion Nursing Home
Written by Dan Fischer on May 1, 2020
UPDATE: 4pm: The Orleans County legislature has also asked for a state investigation into the Villages of Orleans. It was also revealed two more residents of the nursing home have died in the past 24 hours from COVID-19 related illness.
State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) has asked for a state investigation of an Albion nursing home that is the site of over a dozen deaths due to COVID-19 related illness.
The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center, on Route 31 in Albion, has recorded 13 coronavirus related deaths since the outbreak began, according to statistics released by the Genesse Orleans County Health Departments. Officials with the departments confirm that the Albion facility has been the only nursing home in either Genesee or Orleans county to record a COVID-19 death as of April 31, 2020.
Hawley tells WBTA this afternoon that he intends to ask for an investigation by the State Department of Health which has regulatory authority over nursing homes across the state. Hawley also said that he had filed three requests for an investigation of the Villages of Orleans since late last year, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Those requests were based on various suspected deficiencies unrelated to coronavirus.
A survey conducted by U.S. News & World report found that the Albion facility, “has a short-term rehabilitation rating of Below Average and a long term care rating of Below Average. It is a medium facility with 120 beds and has for-profit, partnership ownership.”