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Contact: Bennetta Shoop, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, shoopbl@dshs.wa.gov
Contact: Elizabeth Donovan, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, donovem@dshs.wa.gov
June 05, 2014

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Social and Health Services revoked the license and appointed a temporary manager at Mercer Island Care and Rehabilitation Center after determining the Center's financial instability posed an immediate health and safety risk to residents.


The Center is located at 7445 Southeast 24th Street, Mercer Island.


The Department revoked the license following a May 30 complaint investigation and appointed the temporary manager on June 4. That individual is in charge of operations at the Center and will maintain and safeguard its records until all residents are relocated to other care settings. DSHS anticipates most residents will be relocated within 30 days. The Center will not be closed until all residents are relocated. 


A Home and Community Services staff member will be at the facility to assist those involved with the 74 residents, and the residents themselves, in identifying alternative care settings. Prestige Care, Inc. will also provide assistance.


State law requires nursing homes make a complete copy of the DSHS Statement of Deficiencies is available for public viewing.  For additional information regarding this, please contact Bennetta Shoop, Field Manager at (253) 234-6033.


The 100-bed nursing home serves Medicaid, Medicare, and private-pay residents. It is licensed to Videll Healthcare Mercer Island, LLC.


DSHS enforces federal Medicaid/Medicare and state licensing requirements for about 240 nursing homes statewide through annual unannounced inspections and complaint investigations. Washington nursing homes must be in substantial compliance with all requirements to participate in a government subsidized health program. State law allows DSHS to revoke nursing home licenses when a facility is unable to show it can maintain substantial compliance with regulations, including financial viability.


DSHS does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.