Tornado damages MS nursing home

Share this article:

The residents at a Mississippi nursing home were all declared safe after a tornado swept through the state, killing 11.

The campus of Winston Medical Center in Louisville, MS, including its nursing home, were hit by a tornado Tuesday. In a series of statements on its website and Facebook page, the nursing home stressed that no residents were injured and asked families not to come to campus to pick up personal belongings.

“We are proud to have had no injuries during this catastrophe. WMC is committed to getting repaired and back running as quickly as possible,” the center said. There was water damage and holes in the roof of the main center, according to local reports.

The disaster was a reminder of how nursing homes must have emergency preparedness plans, including a backup site for protected health information, including resident records and other data, an expert told an audience at the annual LeadingAge Illinois (formerly Life Services Network) meeting in Chicago on Wednesday. 

In particular, the destruction of physical infrastructure underscores the importance of having encrypted, off-site storage of data, said Chance Bunger, MBA, manager at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP.

Share this article:
close

Next Article in News

More in News

Also in the news for August 22, 2014

Iowa's nursing homes lost, on average, 41% of their employees each year from 2010-2012 ... Researchers identify proteins necessary in wound healing ... More than 40% percent of SSDI recipients take opioid pain relievers, study says.

CMS: Many skilled nursing providers have poor Medicare certification and recertification practices

CMS: Many skilled nursing providers have poor Medicare ...

The rate of improper Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities has increased largely due to issues with certification and recertification statements, according to a recently released government memorandum. The Centers ...

NY nursing home agrees to $2.2 million settlement in case of false documentation

NY nursing home agrees to $2.2 million settlement ...

Nursing home operator Ralex Services Inc. has agreed to a $2.2 million settlement in a whistleblower case involving forged documents at a facility in New Rochelle, New York.