Posted Friday, November 19th, 2010

Morris View Healthcare Center has passed a six-day state inspection with flying colors.

The New Jersey Department of Health conducted the inspection from Nov. 3 to Nov. 9 and found no deficiencies at the county-owned Morris View from among the more than 400 state and federal regulations that a long-term care facility must follow.

“The Morris View staff and administration are to be commended,” said Freeholder John Murphy, freeholder liaison to the Department of Human Services. “Ensuring compliance with that many regulations takes diligence and dedication.”

According to Mary Jo Buchanan, director of the county’s Human Services Department, the state health department conducts annual inspections of long-term care facilities to assure compliance with regulations in areas ranging from quality of care; nursing, dietary and physician services; and infection control to resident rights; abuse reporting and prevention; and resident behavior.

The inspectors also took a sample of approximately 30 residents, some of whose families were interviewed, and carefully followed their care.

“The surveyors checked the residents, their care plans, how they were cared for based on those care plans, how well the nurses documented each residents’ life in the facility, how the resident ate, what diet they were on, and cross-referenced all of this to the physician’s orders.” Buchanan said.

The surveyors also listened to how staff interacted with residents, observed
the activity the residents were or were not involved with, and made sure that the residents’ choices were respected, she said.

“To achieve no deficiencies after such rigorous scrutiny is quite an accomplishment,” Buchanan said. “We are quite proud of every one of the staff at Morris View. They all make Morris View the great facility that it is.”

Engler said it took four surveyors from the state health department to complete the inspection.

“In today’s healthcare environment, accomplishing a zero deficiency inspection is a most difficult and strenuous task for any facility,” Engler said. “I am so proud of everyone at Morris View.”