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Department of Public Health Denies Ownership Applications by California’s Largest Nursing Home Operator
On July 8, 2016, the California Department of Public Health (DPH) denied applications submitted by Shlomo Rechnitz that sought licenses to operate five nursing facilities. Mr. Rechnitz – who has been identified as California’s largest nursing home operator – was acquiring the nursing homes from Windsor, another nursing home chain headquartered in California. The applications had been pending since February 2015.
The five nursing homes involved in these denials are:
Each of the five 21-page letters issued by DPH extensively documents serious violations at numerous nursing facilities owned, managed or operated by Mr. Rechnitz. According to the letters, during the three prior years these facilities received:
The DPH letters cited poor care or abuse at two of the Windsor facilities involved in the application denials as part of the basis for denying the applications. The letters state that Windsor Healthcare Center of Oakland and Windsor Chico Creek Care and Rehabilitation Center were each cited for “immediate jeopardy” level deficiencies in 2015, apparently while being managed by entities connected to Mr. Rechnitz.
CANHR opposed approving the applications submitted by Mr. Rechnitz due to the very poor performance history cited by the Department in its July 8th letters.
Read the letters: