Three Rivers Nursing Home to Discharge Its Residents

Staffing, Financial Problems Cannot be Fixed by Sept. 30

Morgan Cunningham
September 16, 2020 - 7:55 pm
Citing failures to follow state measures to control COVID-19, Connecticut is taking the unusual step of removing all patients from Three Rivers Nursing Home in Norwich.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio)_ The Connecticut Department of Public Health has ordered the Three Rivers Nursing Home in Norwich to discharge all of its residents.

Following a COVID-19 outbreak at the nursing home in late July that led to at least four deaths and over two dozen other infections, DPH has found the facility cannot remedy its financial or staffing problems by September 30, 2020, according to federal requirements. In an ongoing investigation and evaluation since August, the State has uncovered issues relating to care, infection control, accountability, staff education, and policy control.

As part of its response, the State appointed Barbara Sacks, a lawyer and licensed nursing home administrator, to take over as a temporary manager on September 10. Sacks found other on-going management, staffing, and financial issues that she did not believe could be fixed by September 30. 

In a written release, the SEIU 1199 healthcare workers union feels reprehensible management behavior observed at Three Rivers may merit discharging patients. But, it counters that DPH could have, in part, "done a better job enforcing and ensuring compliance with infection controls and other safety protocols, including but not limited to bringing in an outside manager to take over operations based on the apparent collapse of the previous management."

COVID-19 positive residents will be temporarily moved to the Riverside COVID Recovery Facility in East Hartford. The State says it will work with all residents and families to decide on future homes. A firm discharge date has not been set.